Autopsy: Teens suffocated from train's spilled coal

An initial autopsy report shows that two 19-year-old women killed when a CSX train derailed in Ellicott City suffocated under the weight of coal that spilled on top of them when the railcars tipped over.

Investigators said Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were buried under 110 tons of coal early Monday morning.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the scene of the accident to determine what caused the train to derail as it passed by the two college students, who were sitting along the tracks on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad when the train passed by them on a bridge.

80 years for double homicide

A 27-year-old D.C. man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for the murders of a father and son at a Northeast Washington wholesale store, authorities said.

Christian Taylor was convicted in June on several counts of felony murder while armed, first-degree premeditated murder while armed, armed robbery and second-degree burglary while armed. He was arrested six days after the June 2010 murders. Prosecutors said he shot Ming-Kun Chih, 59, and Li Jen Chih, 32, while robbing their store, Lida Wholesale Market, on the 1200 block of Fifth Street NE.

High school girl struck by car

A 15-year-old Montgomery Village girl was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a car while riding her bike.

At 6:54 a.m. Thursday, Nicole Marie Polen and a 16-year-old friend were crossing Woodfield Road at the Airpark Road intersection when Polen was hit by a 2004 Nissan Sentra traveling through the intersection on a green light, Montgomery County police said.

Police said Polen, a Gaithersburg High School student, was wearing a helmet but was crossing the street against a pedestrian signal. The other teen was not injured in the incident.