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Mon Jul 9, 2018, 12:46 AM

100 Years Later, Nashville Remembers The Deadly Train Crash At Dutchman's Curve

There was a head-on collision of two trains at a site called Dutchman's Curve in West Nashville 100 years ago Monday, July 9. It remains the deadliest train crash in American history. But the tragedy has largely faded from the city's collective memory.

There's a song recorded by David Allan Coe from 1980 that tells the story pretty close to how it happened. One train that left around midnight was coming into town from Memphis, carrying mostly African Americans headed to work at DuPont's new munitions plant in Old Hickory. The train leaving Nashville was headed west to Memphis. And both were late.

The Nashville train should have waited for the Memphis train to reach the double tracks that start around Centennial Park. But the engineer leaving Nashville barreled ahead.

The locomotives collided at a big bend in the tracks near Belle Meade, behind a Publix that's there now. Because of the curve, they didn't see each other until it was too late. At least 100 people died.

Read more: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/100-years-later-nashville-remembers-deadly-train-crash-dutchman-s-curve


This photo is included in the Interstate Commerce Commission's incident report on the Dutchman's Curve wreck.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 05:40 AM

1. I was curious about the song...

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Usually when a disaster is evoked in song, it is remembered like the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Gordon Lightfoot's great ballad. Never heard of this song, though/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 05:47 AM

2. Thanks for sharing this story!

The first time I had read the details of the wreck was a couple years ago out of sheer curiosity after passing the historical marker for the wreck which is located on White Bridge Rd, overlooking the area where it occurred. It's a truly horrific piece of Nashville and US history.

Here's another story from the local news here in Nashville that ran this weekend:

https://www.wkrn.com/news/weekend-extra/100-lives-lost-100-years-later/1287934675

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 06:15 AM

3. You're welcome.

It looks like I made the sweep of Tennessee news at the correct time to find some interesting stories to post. I wasn't aware of the incident so it was a learning experience for me also.

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