Two people have died following the derailment of a CSX train carrying coal and traveling through Ellicott City around midnight Monday.
The victims' identities have not been released as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Frederick Road, which becomes Main Street in Ellicott City, was closed to traffic from Old Columbia Pike to Oella Avenue as a result of the accident.
According to the Howard County police department, police and fire department crews received a report around midnight Tuesday that an eastbound CSX train had gone off the tracks.
Emergency workers found that 21 cars of an 80-car train had derailed or overturned. According to the police, the train cars were carrying coal and contained no hazardous materials.
According to police and other county officials, rescue workers found two people dead in the wreckage at the scene, and some of the derailed train cars crushed vehicles parked nearby.
The identities of the victims, including their genders, are unknown at this time, according to a statement from the county police.
According to an Associated Press report, the people who were killed were on the tracks at the time of the accident and were not railroad employees.
According to county police, two train operators were unharmed in the incident. The cause of the derailment is unknown and is being investigated by a CSX team, the police said.
As of Tuesday morning, county crews were working to clean up spilled coal at the accident scene and reopen Main Street.
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