Autopsy: Md. derailment victims crushed to death

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) – Police say autopsies have found that two young women killed in an Ellicott City train derailment were crushed to death. Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Thursday that autopsies by the state medical examiner’s office found the women died of accidental “compressional asphyxia.”

The bodies of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were found buried under coal after the CSX freight train derailed around midnight Monday. Investigators say they were sitting on a railroad bridge when the train derailed, topping coal from the railroad cars.

Nass was a student at James Madison University in Virginia. Mayr was a nursing student at the University of Delaware. Their funerals are set for Friday and Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the wreck.

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