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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Stunning Tragedy On So Many Levels

Posted by on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Where to begin?

Two teenage girls were killed early Tuesday when a train derailed on the bridge they were sitting on, spilling coal and burying the young women, police in Maryland said.

Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass, both 19, were apparently sitting on a bridge ledge in Ellicott City, Maryland, just after midnight with their backs to the train when it derailed, according to a written statement from Howard County police.

The two girls posted photos to Twitter shortly before the crash. One showed feet dangling over a road, with the caption "Levitating." Another appeared to look down Main Street.

Nass tweeted, "Drinking on top of the Ellicott City sign with @r0se_petals." The name Ellicott City is painted on the railroad bridge.

Where to end?


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onion 1
see mudede. you really are drawn to stories of extremely shitty things happening to women.
Posted by onion on August 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM · Report this
lark 2
Good Evening Charles,
Tragic to be sure. But, one does wonder why in the world they were sitting on railway tracks after midnight? Unfortunate, true but arguably foolish as well.
Posted by lark on August 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
As more and more of us spend more and more time online and on social networking sites, more tragedies will involve people who were recently online documenting what they were doing.

Get used to it.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM · Report this
Without knowing the bridge in question, it is hard to know how far away they were from the train. If the edge of the bridge was a few feet from the track, they were probably in more danger of falling off the bridge than having a train-related accident.
Posted by Asbel on August 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM · Report this
When I moved to Maryland from Seattle last year, my temporary digs were about 15 minutes from Ellicott City. If the train had just passed by normally the wouldn't have been in any danger. This is just tragic.
Posted by Smartypants on August 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6

What I read was that there was a break in the cable connecting the cars together to the controls in the engine. At that point the cars start applying their brakes independently which caused them to then derail as the train was still pulling.


They were small town girls home from college where they were doing well. Just hanging and having some beers no doubt reliving high school days....


It was more of an overpass through the center of town. The train was going 25 mph. The jump was about that of one story building.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on August 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 7
There are a lot levels. I could see Suzanne Vega piecing this together for a nice song.
Posted by dnt trust me on August 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM · Report this
Where to begin: Don't play around trains.
Where to end: Don't play around trains,
Posted by Mason on August 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM · Report this
Ernie1 9
I used to drink beer by the railroad tracks when I was 19, just like millions of other teens across America, over the last 150+ years. Luckily the vast majority of us were not crushed by a derailing load of coal. This is a terrible tradegy, and implying that the girls were somehow to blame is just stupid.
Posted by Ernie1 on August 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM · Report this
Fistique 10
Something bad happened to these people, so they must have deserved it. G'night!
Posted by Fistique on August 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM · Report this
People blaming the victims:

A 10-second search on Google Maps would demonstrate that they were sitting about 40 feet from a museum located in a former railway station, which is actually closer to the tracks than they were.

Meaning that if this derailment had happened at noon rather than at midnight, a whole bunch of people who were not breaking the rules (in the way you malign these girls for doing) could have easily been killed.

This was terrible luck, not something they in any way brought upon themselves.
Posted by d.p. on August 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 12
This makes me very sad. I want these young women to still be alive.

The "levitating" picture is such a clever idea.
Posted by Ipso Facto on August 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM · Report this
Heard they were drinking. Sad.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on August 22, 2012 at 3:40 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 14
I have spent many a night in old Ellicott City, and I can tell you that what these girls were doing is no more dangerous than standing on a subway platform waiting for a train.

Just so happened that this train derailed. Simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and like #11 says, had it happened earlier in the day, many more people would have been in that wrong place.

They were not "playing around trains" anymore than people waiting for a bus are "playing around busses."
Posted by Theodore Gorath on August 22, 2012 at 5:29 AM · Report this
Mahtli69 15
How do we know it was a legitimate derailing?
Posted by Mahtli69 on August 22, 2012 at 5:50 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 16
@14, well put. there is nothing in this but a great amount on unluck.
Posted by Charles Mudede on August 22, 2012 at 6:01 AM · Report this
Posted by Banna on August 22, 2012 at 6:47 AM · Report this
lark 18
Good Morning Charles,
Indeed bad luck. Appears they were drinking as well but @9 has a point. BTW, as a weird corollary, I read on page 2 of the Seattle Times that Gitmo Internet was cut as a result of a train derailment in Maryland. It's forcing a delay in the pretrial hearings in the 9/11 terror case. I believe it was the same accident.

Speaking of stunning tragedies, it is hard to top this one:…

Bloody horrifying.
Posted by lark on August 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM · Report this
venomlash 19
Similar thing happened in Northbrook, Illinois, several weeks ago. Train derailed, causing the bridge to collapse, dumping coal everywhere. They thought there were no casualties at first, but then they dug out a car that had been crushed by the coal with two bodies inside.
Posted by venomlash on August 22, 2012 at 7:38 AM · Report this
Who the hell cares if they were drinking!
Posted by floater on August 22, 2012 at 7:40 AM · Report this
Rotten666 21
There are people who never hung out and drank on train tracks?

That's like never drinking at the end of the runway of the local airport.
Posted by Rotten666 on August 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM · Report this
biffp 22
Isn't there a current proposal to build a terminal to ship coal out of Seattle? It's sad happenstance in this case, but a risk they fail to mention in their commercial about all those jobs (certainly less than 100 permanent ones) would be derailments and and spills in and around Seattle. I'm more concerned about dust, but I really feel like those commercials are misrepresenting the proposal.
Posted by biffp on August 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this

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