Spectacular Freight Train Wreck Here Thursday Evening

41 of 62 Cars Derailed


| September/October 1971


The following is reprinted through the kind permission of C. Clair Gross, Editor and Publisher of The Imlay City Times, Imlay City, Michigan.

The article was sent to us by G. W. Topham, 3492 McKeen Lake R. D., Columbiaville, Michigan. The accident took place on April 2,1970, in the afternoon.

Imlay City was the scene of a spectacular Grand Trunk freight train wreck about 4:45 Thursday afternoon. The mishap occurred just east of the Blacks Corners Road crossing at the viaduct which carries the main line over the P. O. & N. tracks.

One of the derailed freight cars went down the embankment and crashed into the Gibbard Bros. Elevator garage and storage building at the rear of the Gibbard property. The building was badly damaged.

No one was injured in the wreck, and no one was in the Gibbard buildings at the time of the mishap.

Work crews for the Grand Trunk started in late Thursday - try to get the mess cleaned up so that trains could run again, but it was late Saturday night before the direct line from Chicago to Port Huron through Imlay City could be used. Before that, the trains were all rerouted through Detroit