Spectacular Freight Train Wreck Here Thursday Evening

41 of 62 Cars Derailed

| September/October 1971

  • Freight cars
    These freight cars were not intended to be three abreast, but that is practically how they ended up as a result of the train wreck late Thursday afternoon on the Grand Trunk main line between Port Huron and Chicago, through Imlay City.
  • Freight car
    One freight car is crossways of the track, while another lies partly on top of a flat car. Farther down the embankment is another car too much in the shadow to be seen clearly.

  • Freight cars
  • Freight car

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