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Deadly train wreck remembered 100 years later

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Many people gathered in Clarksville to remember a deadly train wreck.

Even though it happened 100 years ago, one man is honoring the memory of those who died.

Nearly a 100 years ago, a passenger train was just traveling from Waterloo to Minneapolis when heavy rains made that trip deadly near the Flood Creek bridge. 

It's a story of tragedy that Francis Edeker says isn't told too often.

But growing up only a mile away from the tracks is why he's never forgotten.

"The first train went over and said it was okay to send the passenger over, and it didn't make it," said Edeker.

Only one anecdote from the day a passenger train derailed, and it's his mothers, who was only four years old when this happened in 1916. 

"All she said she could remember, was people in her living room, bandaged up, and sitting there, early in the morning," said Edeker. 

17 people died when the train went into flood creek. Although the generation is long gone, their memory is still here.

 Dan Buffington made the trip from Cedar Rapids to remember his relative, leaving flowers right near the creek.

"Frances Christensen was a 20-year-old school teacher who was unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place on the wrong time on this train and the family lost her," said Buffington. "All throughout growing up, I heard stories of her. Obviously never met her, but she was really important to the family. I got a chance today to come out and remember her the day she had this accident here at this site."

A freight train still passes through the Flood Creek bridge two to three times a day. 

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