Coal Train Headed From W.Va. to Baltimore Derails, Killing 2

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- Authorities say a CSX train hauling coal from West Virginia to Maryland derailed and fell from a bridge near Baltimore, crushing vehicles in a parking lot, and killing two college students who were on the tracks.

Howard County officials say 21of the train's 80 cars flipped over about midnight Monday. Cranes were brought in Tuesday morning to remove the train cars from the vehicles so they could be searched for other potential victims.

The victims, both women, were students at James Madison University and the University of Delaware. They were both 19-years-old.

Police did not immediately say what the women were doing on the tracks.

Two train operators were not harmed.

The train was traveling from Grafton, W.Va., to Baltimore.

It's unclear what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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