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Train Derailment Victims Had One Week Before Returning to College

Learn more about the two 19-year-old friends killed in train derailed in Ellicott City early Tuesday morning.

Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr, the two early Tuesday morning train derailment in Ellicott City, were longtime friends from Ellicott City who graduated together from in 2010.

Mayr was studying at University of Delaware and lived in Newark, DE. Nass was a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Don Egle, a spokesman for JMU, said that Nass would have been a junior majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies when classes started next week. She was an honors student and in the university's honors program and was also in a sorority.

While Egle said he couldn't speak to what Nass would do if she had graduated, most people who obtain the degree she was seeking become teachers.

"It was just a tragic accident," Egle said. "The JMU community just feels a real sense of loss."

Egle said the university's thoughts were with the friends and family of Nass.

Dawn Thompson, the dean of students at the University if Delaware, echoed Egle.

“We are very saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of one of our community members," Thompson said in an email. "The University of Delaware community extends its condolences to Ms. Mayr's family and friends."

Mayr, who was majoring in nursing, also would have returned to Delaware's campus to start her junior year in less than a week.

The two girls posted to shortly before the train derailment from the railroad tracks.

“Levitating,” wrote a Twitter user named Rose Mayr at 10:51 p.m. under the name @r0se_petals, accompanied by a picture of two pairs of women’s feet dangling over the street in Ellicott City.

A Twitter user named Elizabeth Nass (@LizNassty) tweeted at 10:40 p.m. that she was “drinking on top of the Ellicott City sign,” which sits under the train tracks that cross above Main Street, with @r0se_petals.

According to their Twitter accounts, the girls spent a lot of time together over the summer, tweeting regularly about what they were doing.

Mayr shared photos from a trip to Dolly Sods, WV, and both said they were in New York City for short trips.

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M Howard County August 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It's not "kicking dirt" to point this out. For those who say "kids will be kids," there needs to be a voice that says "these kids would be alive if they weren't where they didn't belong." Very sad, but true.
zep August 28, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Who gave them alcohol? They were NINETEEN. Who told them to go to a dangerous place and treat it as if it were their livingroom? Where is the common sense? Were they ever told; "People can easily get killed here"? This is the result of a society that trusts everything that the kids do is really alright, and slaps helmets and shin guards on them without ANY real life instruction or warning. If it wasn't this, what would it have been? My heart goes out the most to the railroad employees who will be haunted for the rest of their lives by something completely out of their control. Did these girls have to die? Who is responsible? You all need to ask yourselves this. What can you do to keep YOUR kid from doing this? Do you teach them to pay attention, or do you put them on meds and give them cellphones? Think about it.
Gina August 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Zep do you have kids & were you ever a teenager??????????? Teenagers do stupid things everyday. The fact that one posted a message on twitter saying they were drinking doesn't mean they were drunk and there isn't even any proof other they a twitter post that they were drinking. People of all ages are on that bridge all the time, what happened to those girls was a freak accident and simply that. It could have happened to anyone at any given second of the day. These girls did absolutely nothing to contribute to this accident, they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. People can easily be killed anywhere, your more likely to get into a fatal car accident then a train accident, does that mean to never get into a car again???? No matter how hard you drill safety into your kids they are going to make their own decisions, these girls made a bad choice and unfortunately they paid a big price for it. But as a parent all you can hope is that you have taught them good, you can't wrap your kids in bubble wrap and keep them safe forever.
S. A. F. August 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
No one is to blame but the kids themselves. They knew what they were doing and what the consequences could be.
JAM September 10, 2012 at 09:41 PM
They knew a container of coal would smother them to death? Kids do stupid things but they don't deserve to die for it. That Penn State Sandusky dude raped little children and he's not even getting what these girls got. What kind of justice is this?

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