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Friday, August 24, 2012

Autopsy: Coal Killed Md. Derailment Victims

Two young women were killed when a freight train derailed and toppled so much coal on them they couldn't breathe, authorities said Thursday.

The bodies of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were found buried under coal but still seated on edge of a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, police have said. They were not hit by the train, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

Llewellyn said an autopsy found the women died from accidental asphyxia.


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