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this day in the yesteryear: The Great Train Wreck (1918)


 

English: Great train wreck of 1918

English: Great train wreck of 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


The Great Train Wreck (1918)

 

 

 

During the morning rush hour of July 9, 1918, Nashville, Tennessee, became the site of one of the deadliest rail accidents in US history. The head-on collision between two passenger trains killed 101 people and injured 171. Many of the victims were laborers traveling to work at a gunpowder plant outside of Nashville. Both trains were traveling at about 60 mph (96.5 km/h) upon impact, and the sound of the crash could be heard as far as two miles (3.2 km) away. What caused the collision? More… Discuss

 

 

 

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: US PRESIDENT-ELECT SURVIVES TRAIN WRECK, LOSES SON (1853)


US President-Elect Survives Train Wreck, Loses Son (1853)

Just months before he was inaugurated as the 14th US president, Franklin Pierce, his wife, and his 11-year-old son were in a terrible train wreck in which their car derailed and rolled down an embankment. Pierce and his wife survived but saw their son crushed to death. He was their third child, and the only one to have lived past early childhood. The suddenly childless parents were devastated, and Pierce entered the presidency in mourning. To what did Pierce’s wife attribute the train accident? More… Discuss