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Sun December 1, 2013
Three Train Operators Killed In Derailment
Authorities say three train operators were killed when their freight train derailed in southern New Mexico's Grant County and plunged down a ravine.
State Police Sgt. Oscar Sosa says the three men were inside the locomotive when the crash occurred Saturday.
Sosa says the locomotive was pulling eight cars near Bayard — about 75 miles northwest of Las Cruces — when it went off the tracks and down a 40- to 50-foot ravine. The cars derailed moments later.
The train was operated by Southwestern Railroad and was carrying a form of iron that is not hazardous, according to operations manager for railroad Chris Grimes.
The cause of the accident hadn't been determined.
A state police spokesman did not immediately respond to Associated Press calls for additional comment.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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