Michigan, North Dakota: North Dakota's Worst Rail DisasterA monument stands near the spot where 34 people died when their train car was crushed by another train on August 9, 1945.
- 117 1st St. W., Michigan, ND
- In Veterans Memorial Park, Broadway and 1st St., just north of the train tracks.
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North Dakota's Worst Rail Disaster
34 people died when their train car was crushed by another train on August 9, 1945, just west of the town of Michigan. A monument was dedicated in July 2012, only a few hundred feet from the crash site. The front of the monument lists the names of the people who were killed. Of the 34, there were 20 servicemen and women, 12 adult civilians, and two children. There is a picture taken right after the crash on the front of the monument; the back tells the story of the crash. It is a very tragic story, servicemen and women returning home from World War II only to be killed in a train crash on the quiet North Dakota prairie.[Maria Vasichek, 08/02/2012]
According to the monument, the collision was "the worst rail disaster in North Dakota history." May 2014: Photo added.