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Deadly train wreck remembered 100 years later

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Courtesy: Francis Edeker Courtesy: Francis Edeker
Courtesy: Francis Edeker Courtesy: Francis Edeker
Courtesy: Francis Edeker Courtesy: Francis Edeker
PACKARD (KWWL) -

Heavy rains 100 years ago today led to one of the worst rail disasters ever in the Midwest.

A train derailed the next morning (June 2, 1916) near Packard, about 40 miles northwest of Waterloo.

17 people died when the train went into Flood Creek.

Here's part of the story from the Waterloo Evening Courier and Reporter on June 3, 1916: "Ordinarily, Flood Creek is a small stream of water if not entirely dried up, but the heavy rains swelled it to the proportions of a river and weakened the abutments of the steel girder bridge."

The Clarksville Public Library will mark the 100th anniversary of the Flood Creek Train Wreck on Saturday with a memorial service and other events which begin at 10 a.m. where the disaster happened. If you're interested, go north of Clarksville on Highway 188 and then follow the signs.

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