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11:07 AM on 08/22/2012
Very sad and tragic accident!

RIP Elizabeth & Rose Louese!

May God be with your families.
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Coyote Blond
hating on sheeple everywhere
11:12 AM on 08/22/2012
Too bad this god wasn't there with them before they were smashed under coals.
11:15 AM on 08/22/2012
Well god doesn't seem to like to do anything in the last couple of years...
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evestar
Generation Jones
11:17 AM on 08/22/2012
But he was.
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Kruzer Kuz
11:05 AM on 08/22/2012
A very sad situation... They were pretty girls too! Probably had a great future ahead of them.
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Dede Eagleburger
Beauty is in the eye of the makeup brush holder
11:15 AM on 08/22/2012
It is...they were and they did...!! my heart goes out to their families
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sipiony2
Go outside!
11:16 AM on 08/22/2012
hanging out drinking on RR tracks? Probably not the brightest future
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Kruzer Kuz
11:20 AM on 08/22/2012
I'm sure you are so very perfect...
11:31 AM on 08/22/2012
im sorry you actually dont know what your talking about.
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Milodacat
11:04 AM on 08/22/2012
Wow, RIP poor angels. The fates are very cruel. My condolences to the families. Seems so unfair to die so young.
11:04 AM on 08/22/2012
Good Grief, people! These were young people creating memories before school, and they were lost in a freak accident. What are the chances such a thing could have occurred while they were sitting having a good time on that bridge?! No question they would have been better off somewhere else, but maybe not. Nowhere is safe anymore. I grieve for their parents, and the world is not "2 airheads" less, but two creative young women who were robbed of their chance to make it in this world.
11:37 AM on 08/22/2012
It wan't a freak accident to trespass...
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katyladygolfer
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12:51 PM on 08/22/2012
Oh for heaven's sake, rmc, lighten up. They don't deserve to die by virtue of "trespassing". It's really not unusual to be next to train tracks. You seem hateful.
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humbertou
11:03 AM on 08/22/2012
We have to wait for the end of the investigation but my hypothesis is that the the girls were drunk and playing around in the tracks, and the driver saw the girls, enter in panic and applied the brakes, a malfunction in the brakes system happen and the train derailed. My heart goes to the parents that lost their daughters, there is a reason for the age limit of 21 to drink, because usually young people do not know the limit and get drunk ( many times it is the goal) and when they get dunk they do stupid things.
11:33 AM on 08/22/2012
Gee, you ought to get a job with the NTSB...got it all figured out...Not! The girls only blame, was that they were on the bridge. Sitting there, havng a good time. Trespassing, on railroad property if you will. If you'll read, the engineer, not DRIVER, did not apply the brakes, they were automatically applied, which in a case like a derailment, they do. The derailment, could have been caused, by a bad wheel set, broken or damaged rail, something on the tracks, or a number of other causes. Two young women, tragically lost, were not the cause.
11:36 AM on 08/22/2012
You should reread the article. Here's one quote- "The crew of three – an engineer, a conductor and an engineer trainee – didn't see or feel anything unusual before the crash, Southworth said."
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nicoya
11:02 AM on 08/22/2012
For what I read,sounds to me they were the cause of the accident. Poor girls sound like they were drunk!
11:38 AM on 08/22/2012
You should rearead the article then. One quote says the crew didn't see or feel anything unusual before the accident.
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katyladygolfer
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12:53 PM on 08/22/2012
Drinking does not mean drunk. You act like they fell onto the tracks in an intoxicated stupor. They were enjoying a lazy evening at the end of summer, before heading back to college. They didn't cause the accident; the engineer and conductor said that that they didn't see or feel anything unusual before the derailment.
11:01 AM on 08/22/2012
My prayers and thoughts go out to the families , unfortunately this is the kind of accident that is 100% preventable , RR tracks are no place to hang out period ...
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11:00 AM on 08/22/2012
we all make mistakes, but rarely this spectacularly, must've seemed like a movie, poor things
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gene40
Problem with political jokes they get elected
11:00 AM on 08/22/2012
It was just a freak-en accident!
10:58 AM on 08/22/2012
The accident had nothing to do with the girls sitting on the bridge. The train passed them by then derailed. Someone had not maintained the tracks properly. Those families should sue.
11:02 AM on 08/22/2012
They can't the girls were on private property. If they were under the bridge maybe. They had no business there. Everyone wants to sue for everything that's one of the major problems with this country.
11:12 AM on 08/22/2012
I agree. Ambulance chasing attorneys advertise 24/7 enticing people to sue and I have no respect for them. They can find fault with anything and that is why it is not just big businesses with deep pockets that are vulnerable, but small businesses and you and I.
11:13 AM on 08/22/2012
Private property means nothing in terms of precluding wrongful death liability. There's this thing called 'attractive nuisance' that allows for recovery of damages specifically for people who are injured in known hangouts where owners do not make adequate efforts to safeguard the property.
11:22 AM on 08/22/2012
The girls were trespassing on railroad property. No lawsuit.
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thomcat327
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12:20 PM on 08/22/2012
alabama jack - I am an attorney and you better believe there will be a lawsuit and the
parents will be awarded money - private or not private.
10:57 AM on 08/22/2012
Am terribly awfully sorry. My prayers to their families. Promising futures gone just that fast.

Take these ladies to Heaven quickly.

Stephen H. Darden
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thomcat327
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12:22 PM on 08/22/2012
Stephen - it is nice to know that there are good and kind people left in this world. Instead of condemning everything they did or make a wild accusation about what they did, you obviously have some character and integrity. Thank you for restoring my faith in the few that are humane.
10:54 AM on 08/22/2012
I grew up in Ellicott City and have been on that bridge many times when a train passed. And sitting on the edge of the bridge you are just as close to the trains as you be would be while sitting in a car waiting at a railroad crossing. So, just maybe it was no more then a freak accident and may the two young ladies rest in peace. And a little side note to Huffington Post. The city of Baltimore and surrounding suburbs are not nor where they ever part of Washington DC. And if you don't believe me I suggest that you get out a map and look at it and you will notice that there is actually some distance between the two cities.
10:53 AM on 08/22/2012
these girls are not teens, they are pre-adult, college students...what the heck were they thinking by sitting up there drinking...what a waste...the poor parents.
11:28 AM on 08/22/2012
19 is still a teenager and under age for drinking. BUT they were on private property and trespassing. I'm not laying blame anywhere I have a feeling it will end up having something to do with them being on the tracks as local news (I live in maryland) says it was a auto-brake sensor that engaged the braking system. They are still at the scene investigatng and cleaning it up. The question is what made the sensor lock up.
The only safe railroad tracks to sit on or near are unused tracks. I did it when I was a teenager. Tracks that were no longer used and have now been paved over for the Rails to Trails across Maryland for biking and hiking.
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thomcat327
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12:23 PM on 08/22/2012
betty - pick up please - every restaurant has one.
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10:52 AM on 08/22/2012
Hey look at all that coal coming at us, lets tweet someone.