One man was killed, and four others were injured, two seriously, about 2:45am on Friday morning September 9, 1949, when the last 13 cars of a 57-car southbound Southern Railway freight train left the tracks and crashed into six section gang sleeping cars parked on a siding a quarter-mile south of Graysville, Tennessee. George Jones, age 45, of Pine Knot, Kentucky was killed. Ned Barber of Dayton, riding the caboose of the derailed train, was bruised but not seriously injured. United Nations delegates traveling to Chattanooga on a train following the freight had to be rerouted through Knoxville.
(Courtesy Glass Family Collection)
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