Posted at: 11/30/2013 5:41 PM
Updated at: 12/01/2013 7:10 PM
By: KOB.com staff
UPDATE SUNDAY: New Mexico State Police have identified the three victims of the crash as:
-Donald White (38) of Silver City NM
-Steven Corse (60) of Paulden AZ
-Ann Thompson (50) of Paulden AZ
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - 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 tells the Las Cruces Sun-News that 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 paper says the cause of the accident hadn't been determined.
A state police spokesman did not immediately respond to Associated Press calls for additional comment.
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