My great-grandfather was on the train when this happened (age 4) and was one of only a few to survive. The rescue train dispatched from birmingham actually crashed into the wreckage making it worse. I have a reprint of the two page article from the Birmingham News from the following day. Rumor has been that the engine from the train is still in bottom of the river. I have canoed that part of the river countless times and don't think that it is possible. The pillars supporting the bridge is all that is left as proof.
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