Victims Tweeted Before Crash, UPDATE: Death Caused by Asphyxia

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“Levitating,” Rose Mayr tweeted before the crash. The picture shows the girls’ feet dangling over the bridge.

The two college students who were tragically killed in the train derailment in Ellicott City late Monday night left tweets from the bridge over Main Street where they were before the crash.  Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass, both 19-year-old college students and 2010 graduates of Mt. Hebron High, were enjoying a summer evening on the bridge.

“Drinking on top of the Ellicott City sign,” Nass tweeted before the crash.

“Looking down on old ec…” Elizabeth Nass tweeted.

Immediately after the crash both girls’ Twitter accounts were public, but have now been made private, The Washington Post reports.

Investigators are still at a loss to explain what caused the CSX train to derail.  The investigative team is looking at all possibilities including track condition and failed equipment, the Baltimore Sun reports.

UPDATE:  The medical examiner has determined that the two girls died of asphyxiation from powdered coal from the trains following the derailment.

Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founder of Baltimore Fishbowl.
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