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L&N's "Flamingo" Derails in Murray, 1949

From The Kingsport Times
Kingsport, Tenn.
Feb. 21, 1949


Chatsworth, Ga., Feb. 21 (UP). Eight cars of the Louisville and Nashville railroad's fast passenger train, the Flamingo, jumped the tracks in rugged mountain country about five miles south of here today.

First reports said no one was killed or injured. Most of the passengers on the Knoxville, Tenn., to Atlanta run were sleeping when the diesel-powered train hit a broken rail and plunged from the tracks.

W. A. West, L.&N. station agent here, said a high bank alongside the tracks at the point of the wreck prevented what could have been a major rail disaster. The cars leaned against the cliff and did not turn all the way over, West said.

The railroad was not even blocked by the accident, West said, because the wreck happened at a sport where traffic can be shunted around the debris on a side track. The train, due in Atlanta at 8:30 a.m., war barreling south through the mountains just about on schedule when the rail gave away and sent the cars catapulting from the tracks.

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