Nashville, Tennessee: Worst Train Wreck in U.S. History

In 1918 two trains collided head-on at 50 mph. The Dutchman's Curve wreck killed over 100 people. A marker tells the story near the original site in a small park.

White Bridge Rd, Nashville, TN
On the north side of White Bridge Rd just west of Harding Pike and the bridge across the train tracks. Easier seen driving west than east. Marker out by the road, and a memorial at two large stone walls that held up a bridge of the original track.
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Train Wreck marker.

Worst Train Wreck in U.S. History

There is a small park next to the marker, with a paved walking trail. If you follow the trail about .6 of a mile you will see the Dutchman's Curve marker. There is also a train wheel and coupler there. I would like to believe it is from the actual wreck, but that cannot be verified.

[Darren And Donna, 07/07/2014]

Historical marker for Dutchman's Curve.

Worst Train Wreck in US History

Wreck occurred early in the last century -- in 1918 two trains collided head-on at 50 mph. One train was supposed to be sitting on a side track as it usually did waiting for the other one to pass. Why it wasn't we will never know; the engineer was killed instantly. The trains were loaded with people, which made it more tragic.

The track is still there though it has moved at bit to the east. There is a memorial which is at two large stone walls that held up a bridge of the original track. There was a plaque, but vandals have removed it. The original white bridge of White Bridge Road is still there and has been restored.

[B Carter, 06/12/2010]

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