This Day In Wrecks
1918: In what is likely (casualty estimates vary) the worst disaster in US rail history, the No 1. from Memphis to Nashville and the No 4. traveling in the opposite direction collide head on at Dutchman’s Curve west of Nashville. The trains are traveling at over 50 mph, and the cars are derailed or crushed. Over 100 people are killed. Blame later falls on the signal operators and the crew of No. 4 for failing to observe proper procedures.
Some survivors and responders were interviewed in The Tennessean in 1998 (warning for graphic descriptions).
Also, David Allen Coe recorded a song based on the disaster in 1980.