Authorities Investigate Cause of Fatal Freight Train Derailment

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the cause of a freight train derailment in southern New Mexico that killed three railroad employees when the train's locomotive plunged 40 feet down a ravine.

Police have identified the three as 38-year-old Donald White, 60-year-old Steven Corse and 50-year-old Ann Thompson. White lived in Silver City, N.M., and Corse and Thompson lived in the northern Arizona community of Paulden.

No other people were on the train.

Saturday's derailment occurred near the community of Bayard, about 75 miles northwest of Las Cruces.

At least half of the train's eight cars tilted on their sides, but none of the iron ore being carried by the train spilled out.

The train was operated by Southwest Railroad Inc.

Brian Beaty, manager of operators for safety and compliance for the rail company, says the company expects a cause for the derailment to be issued at some point Sunday.


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