ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- A federal investigator says that the two locomotives were not derailed when 21 train cars went off the track in a Maryland city.
Two 19-year-old college students were killed around midnight Monday while sitting on a rail bridge in the historic section of Ellicott City as the train passed a few feet behind them. Their bodies were found buried in spilled coal.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jim Southworth said Wednesday that his team was still gathering facts and wouldn't speculate on the cause of the derailment.
Southworth says 18 of the 21 derailed cars have been removed. It could be another two days before the area is clear.
He also says the engineer-in-training was in control and traveling at the authorized speed of 25 miles per hour.