A loud screech and ensuing rumble brought some residents of Ellicott City and Oella outside to take a look at the CSX train stopped along the Patapsco River early Monday afternoon.
"I heard a loud bang and then rushed outside to see if the train had fallen off the tracks only to find it stalled across the river," said Andrew Metcalf, a Patch editor who lives across the river from the Old Main Line Subdivision section of the CSX railway.
The train had come to a halt due to "mechanical issues," according to Robert Sullivan, CSX spokesperson.
On Facebook, one reader responded to a post about the noise with " not again;" a CSX train derailed in Ellicott City in August of last year, and dumping thousands of tons of coal along the Historic District.
On Tuesday, the front engine of the train was stopped less than a half mile from where Nass and Mayr were sitting when they were buried in coal.
"The train had a mechanical issue," Sullivan said at about 4 p.m. "It's been resolved and it is on its way."
The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released its final report on the derailment.