Two college students were killed when a train carrying coal derailed in an historic district of Maryland.
Authorities said Rose Louese Mayra, a student at the University of Delaware, and her friend, Elizabeth Conway Nass, a student at James Madison University in Virginia, were hanging out on the tracks drinking when the train derailed in Ellicott City.
The 19-year-old women were pronounced dead at the scene.
No one on the train was injured.
Just before the derailment the teenagers tweeted they were hanging out on the Ellicott City, Md. Sign.
“Drinking on top of the Ellicott City sign with @r0se_petals,” wrote Nass, using her friend’s Twitter name.
The CSX train was hauling coal from Grafton, West Virginia, to Baltimore, when it derailed just before Midnight Monday. It fell from a bridge near Baltimore killing the teenagers and landing on vehicles below in a county owned parking lot.
Cranes were brought in early Tuesday morning to remove the 21 train cars with coals from the vehicles.
Residents close to the wreckage said young people often party in the parking lot and often hang out on the tracks, despite fences around the area.