New Mexico train derailment: Feds investigate after three killed in train derailment in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Federal and state authorities are investigating the cause of a deadly freight train derailment in southern New Mexico.

A spokesman with the Federal Railroad Administration says five investigators were at the site Monday. There were also two state inspectors at the scene.

The FRA investigators are examining all factors that may have contributed to the derailment. It could take several weeks before a cause it determined.

The derailment happened Saturday near Bayard when the train's locomotive plunged 40 feet down a ravine, killing the three people onboard.

The train was operated by Southwest Railroad Inc.

Police identified the three as 38-year-old Donald White, 60-year-old Steven Corse and 50-year-old Ann Thompson. White lived in Silver City, and Corse and Thompson lived in the northern Arizona community of Paulden.

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