Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Great Train Wreck of '87

Today's picture shows the great train wreck of 1887. It happened in Illinois. A train trestle had been weakened by fire earlier in the day, and then the passenger train passed over at high speed, the trestle collapsed and the train crashed. over 80 people were killed in the accident. At the time, it was the worst train wreck to ever occur as far as casualties go.

1 comment:

  1. What a mess. I have often wondered how folks cleaned up after serious accidents such as this without backhoes and cranes. Moving all that metal by hand would be a backbreaking job.


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