MARYLAND TRAIN FATALS Train Hauling West Virginia Coal Derails, Killing Two
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012 1:11 PM EDT
A CSX train hauling coal from West Virginia to Maryland derailed and fell from a bridge near Baltimore, killing two college students who were on the tracks, authorities said.
Howard County officials say 21of the train's 80 cars flipped over about midnight Monday. Cranes were brought in Tuesday morning to remove train cars from the vehicles at a county-owned lot so they could be searched for other potential victims.
The victims were Elizabeth Conway Nass, a student at James Madison University in Virginia, and Rose Louese Mayr, who attended the University of Delaware. They were both 19 years old.
Police did not immediately say what they were doing on the tracks.
Two train operators were not harmed.
It's unclear what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.