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By Candy Thomson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Widely used but little acknowledged, the railroad crossing at Hollins Ferry Road just outside the Baltimore Beltway in Halethorpe is an accident waiting to happen, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. It almost claimed Colleen Zaccagnino and her 3-year-old twins last September. "It wasn't making a sound," the Linthicum resident said, recalling the freight train that suddenly loomed in the window of her Honda Pilot as she crossed the tracks. "There was no warning.
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By Kevin Rector and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A freight train struck a garbage truck Tuesday morning at the same street-level railroad crossing in Rosedale where a similar collision 15 months ago resulted in a fiery explosion. The incident could have been far worse, considering what happened last year when the train derailed and the explosion caused widespread damage throughout the nearby industrial area. The CSX Transportation train remained on the tracks this time, and no one was injured in the crash at 8:15 a.m. near 68th Street and Lake Drive.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
The problem: A railroad crossing near M&T Bank Stadium has been closed to traffic. The back story: Occasionally, Watchdog encounters a problem resulting from a solution proposed as an answer to an entirely different problem. Take, for example, this week's quandary. Richard Jordan works in a machine shop near the intersection of Ridgely Street and West Ostend Street, near the parking lots for M&T Bank Stadium and the elevated portion of Russell Street. For about a month and a half, Jordan, who commutes from Catonsville, said he has had to go at least 10 minutes out of his way because the railroad crossing on Ridgely Street between West Ostend and Alluvion streets has been closed.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
Months after a CSX train collided with a truck in Rosedale, triggering an explosion felt around the region, a crash that killed two in Baltimore last week again raised questions about the safety of the state's railroad crossings. Nationally, Maryland has one of the lowest rates of fatal crashes between trains and vehicles at grade crossings. But the crossing on Hollins Ferry Road near Paca Street - where a man and a woman were killed when their SUV was struck by a MARC train early Tuesday - is considered the state's second-most dangerous.
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November 7, 2006
THE PROBLEM -- A CSX railroad crossing at Todds Lane in Baltimore County's Rosedale neighborhood does not have gates, and people who work in nearby offices are concerned about recent accidents involving motorists crossing the tracks. THE BACK STORY -- Neill Christopher, vice president of operations of Arcadia Windows & Doors, reports safety problems with the railroad crossing near several businesses on Todds Lane, off Pulaski Highway, and he would like a gate there to help prevent cars from being hit by trains.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Federal and Howard County traffic officials met in Elkridge yesterday to test the regraded railroad crossing where a MARC passenger train crashed into a tractor-trailer that became stuck last fall.Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, CSX Corp. and the Howard County traffic department pulled another, similarly loaded tractor-trailer across the railroad tracks at Hanover Road near Elkridge.The road had been repaved and elevated to make it approximately the same height as the tracks.
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October 16, 1992
Light-rail work closes crossing at Ferndale RoadThe Ferndale Road railroad crossing between Broadview and Baltimore & Annapolis boulevards will be closed for about four weeks because of light-rail construction.The road was closed yesterday so workers could begin laying track for the southern extension of the state's Central Light Rail line, the Mass Transit Administration announced.Workers also will finish work on the planned Ferndale light-rail station, which will open next spring adjacent to the railroad crossing.
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By Robert M. Pennington of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | August 27, 1995
100 Years Ago* Sen. J. Wirt Randall, of Anne Arundel County, has selected his seat in the coming Maryland Senate. He chose the second seat in the second row, to the right of the presiding officer and near the door. -- The Sun, Nov. 16, 1895.* The county commissioners have tightened the requirements in providing pauper burial at taxpayers' expense. It costs the county $8 per infant and $9 per adult, including the coffin and digging the grave. -- The Sun, Nov. 26, 1895.* The board of county commissioners authorized bids and plans for an iron bridge over Furnace Branch near Glen Burnie, and permission for a railroad crossing over the county road at Fairfield.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A Canton Railroad train came off the tracks in Southeast Baltimore on Wednesday morning, according to city fire officials. The train came off the tracks at South Clinton Street around 8:25 a.m., Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said. No cars were overturned or damaged, and there was no hazardous materials risk, he said. CSX officials are on the scene, and no injuries have been reported. The railroad crossing was blocked for about 20 minutes, Brennan said. The incident occurred in the vicinity of an area that had previously been closed for water main break repairs, Brennan said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1995
CSX Transportation Inc. will repair the warning signals at the Route 30 railroad crossing near the south end of Hampstead by Nov. 29, more than two weeks after a traffic accident damaged a signal pole and knocked the crossing's red flashing lights out of service.In the meantime, all CSX crews have been operating under a "stop and flag" order, meaning that all trains stop before crossing Route 30 and deploy a flagman to halt traffic, said Kathy Burns, a CSX spokeswoman.The warning devices were damaged Nov. 12. Kenneth F. Russell, chief of the Hampstead Police Department, said town officers have since tried to be in the area of the crossing to assist with traffic safety whenever trains pass through.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A Canton Railroad train came off the tracks in Southeast Baltimore on Wednesday morning, according to city fire officials. The train came off the tracks at South Clinton Street around 8:25 a.m., Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said. No cars were overturned or damaged, and there was no hazardous materials risk, he said. CSX officials are on the scene, and no injuries have been reported. The railroad crossing was blocked for about 20 minutes, Brennan said. The incident occurred in the vicinity of an area that had previously been closed for water main break repairs, Brennan said.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
The trash truck driver who police said caused the train derailment in Rosedale that triggered a fire and explosion said he slowed and looked as he approached the tracks but never saw or heard the CSX locomotive bearing down on him. John Alban Jr. told a Baltimore County police investigator that he was talking via Bluetooth on his cell phone on his way to a recycling facility on May 28, when he made the turn north from his business toward Lake Drive....
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By Jessica Anderson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
An Essex truck driver faces hundreds of dollars in fines but no jail time after a Baltimore County police investigation found him at fault in the Rosedale train derailment that caused a fire and chemical explosion and injured several people last month. County police determined that the crash involving a trash truck and a CSX train was caused by "driver error" and cited John Jacob Alban Jr., 50, of the 1400 block of Sussex Road for offenses including negligent driving, which carries a $280 fine.
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By Candy Thomson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Widely used but little acknowledged, the railroad crossing at Hollins Ferry Road just outside the Baltimore Beltway in Halethorpe is an accident waiting to happen, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. It almost claimed Colleen Zaccagnino and her 3-year-old twins last September. "It wasn't making a sound," the Linthicum resident said, recalling the freight train that suddenly loomed in the window of her Honda Pilot as she crossed the tracks. "There was no warning.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
The problem: A railroad crossing near M&T Bank Stadium has been closed to traffic. The back story: Occasionally, Watchdog encounters a problem resulting from a solution proposed as an answer to an entirely different problem. Take, for example, this week's quandary. Richard Jordan works in a machine shop near the intersection of Ridgely Street and West Ostend Street, near the parking lots for M&T Bank Stadium and the elevated portion of Russell Street. For about a month and a half, Jordan, who commutes from Catonsville, said he has had to go at least 10 minutes out of his way because the railroad crossing on Ridgely Street between West Ostend and Alluvion streets has been closed.
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July 1, 2007
CSX Railroad is to begin maintenance work on the crossing at Montevideo Road in Jessup on or about Friday, weather permitting. The project is expected to be completed by July 9. While the road is closed, traffic will be detoured both ways via U.S. 1 to Route 175 in Howard County and Wigley Avenue in Anne Arundel County. CSX will post signs before any road closing. Should the project be delayed, signs will be posted to alert motorists. Information: Valerie Robinson, 410-313-3440. Military Decorated -- Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Currier, a 1998 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, has been decorated with the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the fifth highest peacetime defense award authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1996
With help from state Sen. Larry E. Haines, developer Martin K. P. Hill has persuaded the state Department of Transportation to remove a long-standing obstacle to construction of a highway railroad crossing that is vital for completion of his North Carroll Farms IV project in Hampstead.Last month's action removes the condition that a railroad crossing at Greenmount Church Road be closed before Hill may build another crossing at Farm Woods Lane to create the main access to his planned 220-unit development.
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By Sheridan Lyons | November 25, 1990
It always was a bit of a shock: a dark maw dipping sharply tTC into the ground and then leading up just as rapidly into the light -- and the strip-zoned hubbub that is York Road.Perhaps to stave off fear, children would squeal and adults honk their horns upon entering the Cockeysville underpass, which claimed at least one life during its 60 years.Area residents use it as a quick reference in giving directions -- places in Cockeysville lie either north or south of the underpass -- and they probably will for years to come.
NEWS
November 7, 2006
THE PROBLEM -- A CSX railroad crossing at Todds Lane in Baltimore County's Rosedale neighborhood does not have gates, and people who work in nearby offices are concerned about recent accidents involving motorists crossing the tracks. THE BACK STORY -- Neill Christopher, vice president of operations of Arcadia Windows & Doors, reports safety problems with the railroad crossing near several businesses on Todds Lane, off Pulaski Highway, and he would like a gate there to help prevent cars from being hit by trains.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
More than 150 Elkridge residents packed a school meeting room last night, mainly to oppose the closing of Hanover Road at a railroad crossing west of the border of Howard and Anne Arundel counties - but not everyone agreed. The closing was intended to make the 18th-century community's twisting, bumpy main street safer, and several residents maintained that the goal must be reached, whatever the means. "I feel a need for it to be safer, and if closing it will make it safer, then we should do that," said Christine O'Connor, a Hanover Road resident and mother of three young children.
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