I remember as a child my late grandmother telling me of this deadly train wreck that happened in the small hamlet of Woodstock Alabama.
November 1951, 17 killed, Woodstock, Tuscaloosa County
“A rerouted train led to the collision of two passenger trains near Woodstock, Ala., that killed 17 people on Nov. 25, 1951. According to a Feb. 3, 1953, article in The Times Daily, an Alabama Great Southern Railroad streamliner and a Louisville & Nashville train, the Crescent, collided after the L&N train was rerouted on the Great Southern track because a barge damaged a bridge on the L&N line. The Great Southern train was headed from New Orleans to New York, while the Crescent was headed south.
“The Crescent was running as the second section of a southbound Southerner,” the article said. “The northbound Southerner pulled onto a siding near Woodstock to permit the southbound Southerner to pass.” However, for an unknown reason, the northbound train “moved out of the siding into the path of the Crescent.” An investigator with the Interstate Commerce Commission thought perhaps the engineer of the northbound train, who was killed, mistook a ray of sunlight for the signal to proceed.
More than 60 people were injured in the crash.”
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Pioneers: A Collection of Lost & Forgotten Stories
includes the following stories
- The Yazoo land fraud
- Daily life as an Alabama pioneer
- The capture and arrest of Vice-president Aaron Burr
- The early life of William Barrett Travis, hero of the Alamo
- Description of Native Americans of early Alabama including the visit by Tecumseh
- Treaties and building the first roads in Alabama.