Crowds try to see train derailment cleanup

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Shops along Main Street from Old Columbia to the bridge in Old Ellicott City were shut down Tuesday night. The town has been through a lot over the years, including flooding, fires, an earthquake, and yesterday, the train derailment crash that killed two 19-year-old women .

As the sun rose, crews could be seen working on the tracks -- hammering rail ties and scooping up coal with large backhoes.

The extent of the disaster was evidenced by rail car wheels removed from coal piles.


Meanwhile, shop owners and shoppers alike tried to get a look at the scene of the massive cleanup.

The scene is being managed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is currently working to uncover what cause the train headed from West Virginia to Baltimore to jump its track.

Little details have been made available, but the NTSB has confirmed that the emergency breaking system went off at some point during the derailment.

In addition to interviewing the CSX workers on the train when it crash, NTSB officials say they hope a video camera mounted on the front of the train will help investigators determine a cause.

As of 7 a.m. there were still several disabled rail cars that crews were working to remove from the track. There are also still several rail cars and coal in a county operated parking lot that crews are working to clean.

The investigation into the train derailment has closed Main Street in Old Ellicott City.

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