Residents commemorate 1914 fatal crash

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TIPTON FORD, Mo. (AP) — Residents in southwest Missouri have dedicated a stone marker commemorating the spot where a 1914 rail crash killed 43 people.

The accident occurred when the gasoline-powered Missouri and North Arkansas Train No. 209 collided with a freight train on a Kansas City Southern line near Tipton Ford, an incorporated area in Newton County.

The crash and fiery explosion injured 34 passengers and killed 43, including the five train-crew members. The crash and the fire made many of the bodies unidentifiable.

The Joplin Globe reports that a couple dozen residents gathered at the site Tuesday to dedicate a stone marker commemorating the accident and its impact on the community.

 

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