UD Student Killed in Ellicott Train Derailment

Aug 22, 2012

One of the two women killed in the train derailment in Ellicot City around mid-night on Monday was a student at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Rose Mayr was a junior majoring in nursing. 

UD spokeswoman Meredith Chapman said that the University of Delaware community was saddened by the tragic loss of life.

The other woman killed was Elizabeth Nass who was a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

It is not clear if their presence had anything to do with the derailment.

Howard County authorities say they were sitting on the edge of the bridge as the train passed a few feet behind them.

Their bodies were found beneath the coal dumped from the train as it went off the tracks.

Investigators are now examining video from cameras on board the train to see if they can determine what occurred as two dozen railroad cars flipped over and fell onto vehicles in the parking lot below the bridge.

The automatic breaks did kick in without involvement from the three man crew.

Two were not harmed.