December 17, 2014
Authorities on Friday found the body of a missing railway worker buried beneath the smoldering wreckage of a Union Pacific train that derailed in the Sierra Nevada a day earlier.
The discovery brings the death toll from Thursday's crash to two, ranking it among the deadliest Union Pacific accidents in California in recent years. Eight other workers were aboard the train but were not seriously injured.
Investigators said it would take until Monday to positively identify the dead workers.
"We're having trouble with identification because of the condition of the bodies. One was in a burned out car and one was in the wreckage," Placer County Sheriff's Lt. Chal DeCecco said Friday. "We're going to have to do dental records on one person, and we may be able to do fingerprinting on the second person."
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