A CSX train hauling coal derailed and fell from a bridge in Ellicott City outside Baltimore, killing two people and crushing vehicles in a parking lot, authorities said.
Twenty-one of the train's 80 cars flipped over around midnight Monday, Howard County officials said. Some of the train cars crushed parked vehicles in a nearby county-owned lot, County Executive Ken Ulman said. Cranes were brought in Tuesday morning to remove train cars from the vehicles so they can be searched for other potential victims.
The two people who were killed were on the rail bridge and were not railroad employees. The victims' identities were not immediately released.
CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan told WJLA-TV in Washington that the train was traveling from Grafton, W.Va., to Baltimore.
It's unclear what caused the crash. A CSX team was investigating.
Crews were working to clean up the coal that spilled from the train, Ulman said. Streets in the area remained closed early Tuesday.