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Wrecks and Wreck Outfits

Significant Railroad Wrecks and Railroad Car Ferry sinkings in or near Michigan...

Date Location Railroad Deaths & (Injuries) Notes

September 5, 1851

Near Adrian

MS&NI

1

Description

September 7, 1851

Elkhart, Indiana

MS&NI

1

Description

April 5, 1853

Grand Crossing, IL

MCRR/LSMS

21

Description

June 28, 1859

Mishawaka, IN

Michigan Southern

41

Bridge out. Description.

August 28, 1873

Muir, MI

Detroit & Milwaukee

4

Description.

September 17, 1873

West of Lowell, MI

Detroit & Milwaukee

2

Description.

July 18, 1874

Near Greenville, MI

Detroit, Lansing & Lake Michigan

6

Tree across tracks.  Description.

October 10, 1879

Jackson, MI

Michigan Central

18

Wreck of "Pacific Express".  Description.

Unknown date, 1887?

Elmwood, MI, Iron County

C&NW

8-10

Description.  Water tower falls on section crew.

January 28, 1889

Elmwood, MI, Iron County

C&NW

2

Description.  Derailment kills Lt. Governor.

April 19, 1891

Kipton, OH

LS&MS

8

Description.

October 13, 1893

Jackson, MI

Michigan Central

14

Rear end collision, disregard of signal. Description.

October 19, 1893

Nichols (Battle Creek), MI

Grand Trunk Western

28

Head on collision, disregarded orders. Description.

August 15, 1900

Pierson, MI

Grand Rapids & Indiana

6

Caused by operator error. Description.

November 27, 1901

Seneca, MI

Wabash

23

Head on.  Error in reading orders.

May 4, 1903

Detroit, MI (Canfield Ave.)

GTW/LS&MS

7

Rear end.  Unscheduled train. Description.

August 7, 1903

Durand, MI

Grand Trunk Western

26

Wallace Bros. Circus Train.  Rear end collision.  Description.

December 26, 1903

East Paris, MI

Pere Marquette

18

Head on.  Failed to deliver orders.  Description.

1904 (date unknown)

Elmdale, MI

Pere Marquette

5

Read end collision.

July 20, 1907

Salem, MI

Pere Marquette

30

Worst in Michigan.  Description.

1908 (date unknown)

1 mile N/of Shultz

CK&S

2

Cornfield meet. Mix up of orders.

September 14, 1908

Chesterton, IN

LS&MS

1

Rear end coll. at depot. Fog.

October 12, 1908

Near Metz, MI

Detroit & Mackinac

17

Train derailed in middle of forest fire.

Dec. 7, 1909

On Lake Erie

Pere Marquette

Ship lost.

1910 (date unknown)

Holland, OH

LS&MS

1

Rear ended freight.

September 9, 1910

Off Sheboygan, WI

Pere Marquette

30

Railroad Car Ferry sank.

September 19, 1910

St. Joseph, MI

Pere Marquette

1

Derailment.

July 3, 1911

Mills Switch, MI

DUR

1 (44)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 30, 1911

Dearborn

DUR

1 (20)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 7, 1911

Youngs Crossing, Detroit

DUR

2 (12)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 15, 1911

Volney Smith Crossing Detroit

DUR

1 (3)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 19, 1911

Rougemere Yard, MI

Pere Marquette

1  (8)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

April 15, 1912

Dexter, MI

Detroit Jackson & Chicago Ry.

2 (30)

Head on between 2 interurban cars.   ICC Report [PDF]

January 2, 1913

3 Miles West of Delray, MI

Wabash Ry.

3  (0)

Derailment, broken throw rail.   ICC Report [PDF]

January 16, 1913

New Haven, MI

Grand Trunk Western

2 (24)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

March 10, 1913

Okemos, MI

Pere Marquette

2

Derailment, loose tire on engine. ICC Report [PDF]

June 6, 1913

Waterville, MI

DUR

2 (3)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

June 15, 1913

Francisco, MI

Michigan Central

2 (1)

Unknown derailment.   ICC Report [PDF]

June 18, 1913

North Yard, Kalamazoo

LS&MS

2 (26)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

July 13, 1913

MAL Crossing, n/of Jackson MI

Michigan Central

2 (44)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

January 25, 1914

MAL Crossing, n/of Jackson MI

Michigan Central

3 (13)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

February 6, 1914

Foster's, MI

Grand Trunk Western

3 (3)

Head on.   ICC Report [PDF]

July 14, 1914

Michigan Center, MI

Detroit Jackson & Chicago Ry.

2 (15)

Head on between 2 interurban cars.   ICC Report [PDF]

April 15, 1915

Detroit, MI

Detroit Street Railway

15

Collided with a train.

September 8, 1916

Rives Jct. MI

Michigan Ry. (Interurban)

2 (12)

Head on.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 21, 1917

Waterloo, IN

New York Central

1 (19)

Derailment of trains.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 9, 1917

St. Clair, MI

Rapid Ry. (Interurban)

4  (27)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 20, 1917

Melvin, MI

Pere Marquette

2  (1)

Derailment.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 4, 1917

Orchard Beach Crossing, Manistee

M&NE and Manistee Interurban

3 (20)

Side collision at crossing.  ICC Report [PDF]

Augus 30, 1917

Britton, MI

Wabash Ry.

2  (0)

Derailment.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 20, 1917

Riverside, MI (N/Benton Harbor)

Pere Marquette

1  (19)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 22, 1918

Ivanhoe, IN

MCRR

68

Circus train. Description.

July 20, 1918

Chelsea, MI

Detroit, Jackson & Chicago Ry.

15 (80)

Head on, pass vs. freight. Interurban.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 23, 1918

Dexter, MI

Michigan Central

3 (2)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 25, 1919

Oakwood, MI

DUR

4 (44)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 26, 1919

2 Miles S/of Cadillac, MI

Grand Rapids & Indiana Ry.

2 (23)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 20, 1919

Beitner, 4 Miles s/Traverse City

Pere Marquette

6 (37)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 21, 1919

Francisco, MI

DUR

1 (2)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 5, 1920

Clarendon, MI

Michigan Central

1 (6)

Derailment, broken rail.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 1, 1920

New Bostn, MI

PRR / Pere Marquette

1  (3)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 24, 1920

Ortonville, MI

DUR

4 (12)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 23, 1921

Ashley, MI

Grand Trunk Western

2 (1)

Derailment. Bad engine truck.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 27, 1921

Porter, IN

MCRR / LSMS

37 (20)

Description ICC Report [PDF]

May 7, 1921

Elkhart, IN Yard

New York Central

2

Collision in yard.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 18, 1921

Warsaw, MI (east of Ann Arbor)

Detroit Jackson & Chicago Ry.

5 (21)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 11, 1923

McDonald, MI

Pere Marquette

1

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 13, 1923

Alexis, OH

Pere Marquette

2 (4)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 8, 1923

Vinewood Avenue, Detroit

New York Central / MC

1 (1)

Collision on freight track.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 12, 1923

Grayling, MI

New York Central

3

Side collision w/2nd train.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 5, 1923

Durand, MI

Grand Trunk Western

5

Derailment

August 28, 1923

Edmore, near Marine City, MI

DUR - Rapid Ry.

1  (15)

Head on at meeting point.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 25, 1924

Waterloo, IN

New York Central

1 (10)

Rear ended.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 10, 1924

Kingsley, MI S/Traverse City

Pennsylvania RR

2  (0)

Snow plow derailment.   ICC Report [PDF]

September 24, 1924

Botsford Yd, Kalamazoo

Michigan Central

1

Description.  Photos ICC Report [PDF]

December 3, 1924

Wyandotte, MI

DUR

5 (10)

Collided with automobile.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 6, 1925

Bakertown, MI (Berrien County)

Michigan Central

1

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 23, 1925

Oakwood, MI  (Melvindale)

Wabash Ry.

2  (2)

Head on collision, runaway.  ICC Report [PDF]

April 19, 1925

Sunny, MI (S/of Flint)

DUR

1 (16)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 29, 1925

Lake George, MI

Ann Arbor Railroad

1

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 2, 1926

Monroe, MI

Detroit Monroe & Toledo Short Line

10 (36)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 7, 1926

Gibson, IN

Michigan Central / NYC

4 (1)

RR motor car vs. train.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 4, 1926

Goodison, MI

Michigan Central

1 (36)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 18, 1927

Carpenter, MI

Michigan Central

1 (3)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 11, 1928

Austin, MI (near Detroit?)

DJ&C Ry. and DUR

1 (25)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 8, 1928

Flushing, MI

Grand Trunk Western

0  (16)

Circus train derailed, bad track.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 16, 1929

Fenwick, MI

Pere Marquette

2  (1)

Derailment, poor track.  ICC Report [PDF]

April 16, 1929

Stanley, OH

New York Central

1

Collision in yard.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 14, 1929

Dowagiac, MI

Michigan Central

1 (4)

Train vs. truck.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 28, 1929

Glen Lord, MI S/Benton Harbor

Pere Marquette,MI

1  (1)

Accident, bad switch.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 2, 1929

Ortonville, MI

Eastern Michigan Ry.

(61)

Pass vs. freight.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 18, 1929

Morrice, MI

Grand Trunk Western

2 (1)

Rear end.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 4, 1929

Pomona, MI

Ann Arbor Railroad

2

Wash out.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 27, 1930

Petosky, MI

Pere Marquette

2  (6)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 28, 1930

Between North Yard & Utica, MI

Michigan Central

2 (1)

Derailment, switch.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 30, 1932

Plymouth, MI

Pere Marquette

0  (6)

Side collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 3, 1937

Between Muir and Ionia, MI

Grand Trunk Western

1 (7)

Pass train derailed, bad track.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 18, 1939

McBain, MI

Ann Arbor Railroad

1

Train vs. Gasoline tanker truck.   ICC Report [PDF]

October 22, 1929

Lake Michigan

Grand Trunk Western

42

RR Car ferry sank. Worst.

February 2, 1930

Ann Pere, MI

Pere Marquette

0  (3)

Derailment, speeding train.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 19, 1930

Toledo, OH W/ "K" Tower

Toledo Terminal / PRR

1  (1)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 28, 1930

Belsay, MI  e/of Flint, MI

Grand Trunk Western

2 (12)

Derailment, open switch.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 25, 1930

McGrew Jct, Flint, MI

Pere Marquette

1

Side collision in yard.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 7, 1931

Nichols Yard, Battle Creek, MI

Grand Trunk Western

0  (8)

Switch opened in front of train.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 6, 1931

Town Line, Dearborn MI

Michigan Central

0  (3)

Switch opened in front of train.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 19, 1931

West Detroit, MI

Michigan Central

0  (40)

Head on, pass & freight.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 25,1931

Edmore, MI

Pere Marquette

2  (6)

Derailment, speed on wye.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 27, 1932

Elkhart, IN

NYC / Big Four

0  (13)

Rear end.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 28, 1933

Fenton, MI

Grand Trunk Western

1 (1)

Head on w/switch engines.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 2, 1934

Iron Mountain, MI

Milwaukee Road

0  (6)

Pass train derailed, broken rail.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 10, 1934

Vermontville, MI

Michigan Central

5 (8)

Train/automobile collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 3,, 1935

Riverdale, MI  4 Mi W/Elwell

Pere Marquette

0  (5)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 5, 1936

Wayne Jct. MI

Michigan Central

1 (5)

Rear end in siding.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 9, 1936

Riga, MI

New York Central

1 (1)

Train vs. Road grader.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 30, 1936

Urania, MI

Ann Arbor Railroad

0 (13)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 7, 1937

MichiganCity, IN

Pere Marquette

0  (5)

Derailment, kinked track.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 9, 1937

Lansing, MI at depot

Grand Trunk Western

0

Derailment, brake rigging.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 12, 1937

Vulcan, OH  (N/Nasby Tower)

TA&W / Toledo & IN Ry

3  (9)

Side collision at interlocking.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 17, 1937

Beech, MI

Pere Marquette

0  (34)

Derailment, spread track.  ICC Report [PDF]

February 13, 1938

4 miles N of Monroe, MI

Michigan Central

0  (14)

Rear end collision, 2 pass.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 30, 1939

Michigamme, MI

Duluth South Shore & Atlantic RR

2

Derailment from landslide.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 2, 1939

Kalamazoo, MI

Grand Trunk Western

1 (2)

Train vs. automobile.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 12, 1940

Bessemer, MI

Chicago & Northwestern

1 (5)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 22, 1941

Z Tower, Toledo, OH

New York Central

0  (30)

Collision w/freight.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 13, 1942

2 miles S of Mullet Lake, MI

Michigan Central

1

Derailment, broken rail.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 23, 1942

Green Oak, MI W/South Lyon

Pere Marquette

3  (23)

Pass train hit automobile.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 30, 1942

Durand, MI (West of)

Grand Trunk Western

1 (25)

Pass train hit freight cars.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 19, 1943

Hughart, MI

Michigan Central

1 (1)

Derailed, stone on rails.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 16, 1944

Wyandotte, MI

Detroit Toledo & Ironton

1

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 28, 1944

Sibley, MI

Michigan Central

2 (25)

Train vs. car accident.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 30, 1945

Eaton Rapids, mI

Michigan Central

2 (6)

Head on collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 7, 1945

Smith's Creek, MI

Grand Trunk Western

0  (3)

Read end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 22, 1946

Fort Custer Yard, MI

Michigan Central

3 (3)

Head on in yard.  ICC Report [PDF]

May 2, 1947

Dean Yard, Midland, MI

Pere Marquette

0  (3)

Rear end, in yard limits.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 18, 1948

6 Miles w/Of Battle Creek,  MI

Grand Trunk Western

3 (1)

Derailment, broken journal.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 26, 1948

West Unity, OH

NYC / Wabash

1 (7)

Side collision at interlocking.  ICC Report [PDF]

January 3, 1949

Rock, MI

Chicago & Northwestern

1 (15)

Derailment, bad wheel.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 27, 1949

2 miles N of Richland Junction MI

Michigan Central

2 (1)

Derailment, bad track.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 26, 1950

4 Miles N/Elmira, MI

Pennsylvania RR

0  (14)

Rear end collision.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 26, 1950

Andersonville, MI

Grand Trunk Western

1 (9)

Rear end, freight/pass.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 14, 1951

Pennford, MI

PRR / DT&I

0  (3)

Side collision at interlocking.  ICC Report [PDF]

March 15, 1951

Trenton, MI

New York Central

3 (17)

Psgr derailment, broken rail.  ICC Report [PDF]

August 28, 1951

Nottawa, MI

Pennsylvania RR

0  (6)

Psgr derailment, broken rail.  ICC Report [PDF]

December 14, 1951

L'Anse, MI

Duluth South Shore & Atlantic RR

2 (2)

Derailment, out of control.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 3, 1952

1 mile W of Elkhart, IN

New York Central

2 (7)

Broken wheel on motor car.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 29, 1952

East of Linden, MI

Grand Trunk Western

0  (6)

Head on between 2 freights.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 26, 1952

East of Burton, MI

Grand Trunk Western

2 (5)

Description.  Passenger train too fast in turnout, derailed and hit 2nd pass. train.  ICC Report [PDF]

October 3, 1952

Onota, MI

Duluth South Shore & Atlantic RR

1 (5)

Motor car vs. train.  ICC Report [PDF]

September 14, 1953

MAL Crossing, n/of Jackson, MI

GTW / NYC

1

Train vs. RR motor car.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 18, 1955

Newport, MI

New York Central

9 (3)

Train vs. truck.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 16, 1957

1 mile W of White Pigeon, MI

New York Central

1 (32)

Psgr train derailed, excess speed.  ICC Report [PDF]

June 10, 1967

Thompsonville, MI

Chesapeake & Ohio

4 (28)

Train vs. truck.  ICC Report [PDF]

July 22, 1989

Freeland, MI

CSX

0 (15)

Derail, hazmat, 1,000 evacuated.  ICC Report [PDF]

November 15, 2001

Andersonville, MI

CN

3

2 freights, 1 in siding

Other Notable Disasters in Michigan

Date
Location
Railroad
Problem
March 4, 1889 Windsor, ON  Grand Trunk Western  Car ferry "Transit I" was destroyed by fire. 
April 17, 1905 Durand, MI  Grand Trunk Western  Depot nearly destroyed by fire. 
November 12, 1906  Detroit, MI  Michigan Central Railroad  Third Street Station burns. 
May 29, 1909 Manistique, MI Ann Arbor Railroad Car ferry #4 capsizes
March 8, 1910  Manitowoc, MI  Ann Arbor Railroad  Car ferry #1 burns 
February 1, 1968 Michigan New York Central System Penn Central formed, declared bankrupt in June, 1970