NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Sends Team to Railroad Derailment in Maryland

August 21, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team to investigate a freight train derailment that occurred in Ellicott City, Md., earlier today.

At approximately 12:02 a.m. EST, a CSX freight train derailed near downtown Ellicott City. Two fatalities have been reported.

Railroad Investigator Jim Southworth is Investigator-in-Charge and is on scene. He will be accompanied by NTSB technical specialists in the areas of human performance, operations, and signals.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.