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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Federal and state authorities are investigating the cause of a weekend freight train derailment that killed three people, including two from Arizona.

A spokesman with the Federal Railroad Administration says five investigators were at the southwestern New Mexico 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 Crose and 50-year-old Ann Thompson. White lived in Silver City, and Corse and Thompson were originally from the northern Arizona community of Paulden.

Associated Press,

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