Ellicott City train derailment cleanup

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Historic Ellicott City is usually a picturesque place with a lot of charm. This morning it is covered with coal after a train derailed, spilled coal, and killed two 19-year-old women.

ABC2 spoke with a Federal Railroad Administration worker on Tuesday morning who said there are still 4-5 overturned cars that need to be removed from a parking lot where they fell.

Crews still have a lot of cleaning up to do and are using heavy machinery to clean up coal, and are getting a closer look at the tracks to see what caused the train derailment.

We know that the emergency breaking system went off at some point during the derailment, but it is unclear what set it off.  Today NTSB will sit down with the three CSX crew members aboard the train that derailed, view video from a camera mounted on the train to see what caused the derailment that killed two girls.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the girls being on the bridge caused the derailment or if the emergency breaking system had something to do with it.

In the meantime many of the roads in Ellicott City remained closed.  Call any businesses you're planning on visiting before to see if they are open.

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