Newly Released Rosedale Train Derailment Documents Reveal New Concerns
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 08:58 PM EDT
Recently released documents by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) raise concerns about the hazardous material that exploded following the train derailment in Rosedale last year.
For Kris Shipley, the crash was the realization of her biggest fear. She had just put her grandson down for a nap when it happened.
"Next thing I heard was a huge explosion," Shipley said. "I froze for a second, ran into my kitchen and you could just feel the 'whoosh' of the blast coming through my house. I was terrified."
The train derailed in May 2013 just a few blocks away from a community of about 85 homes. For the nearby residents, the new documents released this week present even more questions, and some serious concerns.
The more than 1,400 pages of documents included dozens of photos -- some of which showed pieces of heavy wreckage that investigators found more than three football fields away from the scene of the derailment and explosion. Other images captured the clouds of chemicals as they burned near the crash site.
In the Rosedale derailment investigators found "measurable levels" of hazardous material in a nearby tributary of the Back River, and an EPA superfund site that's also nearby. EPA defines a superfund site as "an uncontrolled or abandoned place where hazardous waste is located, possibly affecting local ecosystems or people."
It's suspected that the material was carried from the crash site by the more than 750,000 gallons of water used to suppress the fire.
While the NTSB continues to investigate last year's derailment for the homeowners they worry about another one happening - in fact they say just a few weeks ago there was an accident at that same crossing.