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Ellicott City Train Derailment Leaves 2 Dead

By Alpert Schreyer on August 22, 2012

A derailment that saw 21 train cars overturn in Ellicott City, MD ended in the deaths of two 19-year-old women on August 21. As reported by WTOP, the derailment occurred around midnight while the train was passing over a bridge crossing Main Street, causing the death of the two Ellicott City women.

Many of the derailed CSX train cars flipped off the bridge, falling to the street below and crushing several vehicles and throwing the coal being carried across the area. Authorities are still investigating the accident and searching for any possible victims who may have been in the cars that were crushed, many of which were parked while patrons attended nearby bars and restaurants.

The two deceased victims were reportedly sitting on the edge of the bridge when the derailment occurred, burying them under the coal that spilled from the cars. Currently, no other victims have been reported and the cause of the derailment is unknown. Investigators have revealed that the 9,000 ton train, carrying a total of 80 cars, was traveling approximately 25 miles per hour, which is considered an acceptable speed for the area it was traveling through. Investigators will be looking into all factors that could have caused the derailment, including operator error, track defects, and brake problems.

At Alpert Schreyer, our Maryland wrongful death attorneys understand the devastation that comes with losing a loved one in an accident. Should a fatality be caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, the family of the deceased have the right to seek compensation for all financial and emotional losses that result. For more information on how we can help you, contact us today at (844) 632-7274.

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