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BREAKING: Fatal Train Derailment in Ellicott City

Train carrying coal derailed on the Main Street bridge around 11:45 p.m. Monday.

At least two people were reportedly killed by a train derailment that sent about 12 cars filled with coal toppling off the tracks at around 11:45 p.m., according to sources.

The freight train, headed towards Catonsville, derailed near the on Mulligan Hill Lane.

Main Street is closed from Old Columbia Pike in Howard County to Oella Avenue in Baltimore County.

Rescue crews from Howard and Baltimore Counties are responding to the scene.

Fire department sources said that two people who were on the bridge at the time were killed.

Check back with Patch as this story develops.

Joe August 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
How sad... what are the odds of standing on a train trestle when a train for the first time I can remember derails right where one is standing?
mattyb August 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
wow, thats terrible, I hope all my fam is alright considering we spent ample time down there growin up, please keep me posted...prayers and condolensces...maholo fam!!
Dave August 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
That's sad, but what were two people doing on the bridge at 11:45 pm?
Ryan August 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Those two being on the bridge may very well been the cause of the derailment. If the engineer saw them he would have put his locomotive into emergency forcing all the brakes to lock up. That creates a lot of different dynamics with a heavy coal train on a downhill grade while negotiating the curves on the Old Main Line. Just speculation on my part.
rlp August 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Really Dave, two people are killed and you are wondering what they were doing out at 11:45pm. Why don't you just live your own life and stop wondering what other people are doing. How sad that this is what you thought of.
Julia Rohde August 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I'm thinking it's possible to feel both sadness for the victims and some curiosity about the situation. No need for personal attacks here.
Penny Riordan August 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Here's an update on the story: http://catonsville.patch.com/articles/at-least-two-dead-in-ellicott-city-train-derailment-62a55040
Dave August 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Yeah, Roberta, I AM wondering about the coincidence of a train derailment at the exact spot two people were trespassing at almost midnight, being killed in the process and causing who knows how much expense to CSX and inconvenience to everyone within the area. Why don't you live YOUR own life and stop worrying what other people write on a message board?
LCA August 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Julia- I agree with you, we can show empathy for those that have been injured or died, but at the same time it is a valid question to ask why these two people were on the tracks in the first place. Too many times we don't ask questions such as this when a tragedy strikes, when many times the tragedy would not have happened in the first place if people were not where they shouldn't have been or were not doing things they shouldn't be doing...doesn't make it any less sad, but it is still relevant.
Abby Grant August 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Actually, it's a perfectly logical assertion. The bridge, as far as I know, is solely used for trains, which leads me to wonder why two people were walking up there so late at night, especially after it's been confirmed that they had no association with the railroad.
Joe August 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This is a tragic yet odd story. Will the LEO's possibly find suicide notes in these girls homes? It is just too freaky that a train would derail as they were standing next to the tracks. Looking at the pictures of the second engine stopped near the B&O caboose, that train must have put on the brakes far before the engineer even saw the B&O station. There seems to be more to the story than we have now. My deepest sympathies to the families of these 2 girls.
DN August 21, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Tragic - definitely. Coincidence? Who knows. Just search her twitter account. I did and she tells everyone what they were doing up there. I am just very sorry for those who lost their loved ones.
Colliemom August 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Updated story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post_now/post/two-killed-as-csx-train-derails-in-ellicott-city-overnight/2012/08/21/99d0a810-eb77-11e1-b811-09036bcb182b_blog.html. Unable yet to determine if the girl's presence on the railroad property led to the accident. Says they were drinking and climbing on sign, playing around on the tracks there; wonder if they were served in any of the bars there or just drinking on their own? Time will tell. Tragedy; hope the railroad employees are all right.
Penny Riordan August 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
We have the same information on our updated article that confirmed the identity of the two girls: http://ellicottcity.patch.com/articles/at-least-two-dead-in-ellicott-city-train-derailment. Also, an update on reactions across Howard County: http://ellicottcity.patch.com/articles/we-mourn-with-you-howard-county-region-reacts-to-train-derailment
Mari August 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Honestly, Roberta, unless you know the two women involved and are personally affected by their deaths and thus emotional, I'm surprised that you think people should not be wondering about the circumstances of a costly, fatal accident that is affecting a LOT of people, from commuters to store owners. The presences of the teens may be coincidental or it may have caused the accident if the engineer was breaking to avoid them; I think it is logical and valid to wonder about this and want to know.
Rhonda Ruark August 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about the deaths of the two young women involved in the train accident. My condolences are with those families.
CASEY August 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
DRINKING - THEY WERE DRINKING......
CASEY August 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM
They were drinking.... she said it on the twitter page.... I feel bad for their families.
Chillin August 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Coincidence? Maybe, but Cause and Effect events happen way more often than pure coincidence. Many questions to be answered.
Kevin August 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM
These girls are not the first ones to ever do it. Let us not be naive. Kids go up there and drink all the time and come down just fine. I did it when I was in high school, my sisters who have their own families did as well. They are college kids. Underage drinking happens. This detail should not be the focus of the tragic accident. Help us mourn with the families, not criticize their actions.

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