Freight train of CSX Corp was derailed early Tuesday (just after midnight), August 22, 2012 (Local Time) while crossing an overpass west of Baltimore. Two (2) 19-year-old women sitting on the ledge of the bridge over Ellicott City were buried and killed by the tons of coal spilled over to them from the train which also crushed nearby cars and damaged telecommunications lines in the area.
The victims are Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr who are both residents of the Ellicott City. According to authorities, the two women were sitting on the bridge with their backs on the train which was passing few feet away. While the train was passing them, it was derailed, and the cars filled with coal tipped over dumping the coal over them and buried them.
Authorities are still investigating whether the two victims were just sitting there or they might have been hit by the train. Witnesses, however, said that they heard a braking sound before the colliding metal sounds were heard. Many believed that the derailment was caused by their presence on the rail-bridge.
The three crews of the train who are all alive are still under interview by the authorities.
Photo Update - August 2012 CSX Corp Train Derailment
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Sources: reuters, USAToday,
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