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1940 Train-Truck Collision
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose
N 26° 10.918 W 098° 06.695
14R E 588775 N 2896139
Quick Description: In 1940, a train-truck collision here resulted in the most fatalities on a Texas highway in the 20th Century.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 8:07:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM947Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
Views: 13

Long Description:
A train-truck collision at this intersection killed 34 agricultural workers, who ranged in age from ten to 48. The accident resulted attention to safety issues surrounding railroad crossings and the transportation of agricultural workers.
Marker Number: 12628

Marker Text:
On March 14, 1940, at this crossing of Tower Road and the Missouri Pacific Rail Line occurred an automobile accident resulting in the most fatalities on a Texas highway in the 20th Century. An oncoming train collided with a truck carrying more than 40 agricultural workers, killing 34 of the workers, who ranged in age from ten to 48. The neighboring citrus packing plant served as headquarters for rescue operations. The tragedy affected many lives in the Alamo community and across the Rio Grande valley, resulting in renewed attention to safety issues surrounding railroad crossings and the transportation of agricultural workers. (2002)


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