Aug 23, 2012

Ellicott City has been the site of many disasters over the years

Ellicott City, MD
USA
by
Frederick N. Rasmussen
,
Baltimore Sun
Aerial view of downtown historic Ellicott City the day after Tropical Storm Agnes hit the area in 1972. Photo: Lloyd Pearson, Baltimore Sun
Aerial view of downtown historic Ellicott City the day after Tropical Storm Agnes hit the area in 1972. Photo: Lloyd Pearson, Baltimore Sun

It seems like Ellicott City has come in for an inordinate amount of disasters from floods, fires and railroad wrecks since its founding in 1772.

The latest incident occurred this week when a CSX train bound for Baltimore derailed, spilling coal from 21 hopper cars and taking the lives of two Howard County college students, Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr, both 19, who were sitting on a bridge at the time of the accident