Magnolia, MS Truck And Train Crash, Jan 1961



Magnolia, Miss. (AP) - A crack passenger train headed for Chicago - speeding through Magnolia at about 80 miles an hour - rammed into a gasoline truck at a crossing today, killing at least eight persons and injuring six.
The truck driver may not have seen the onrushing "City of New Orleans" and the train, not due to stop in Magnolia, rammed into the truck.
Among the dead were the train's engineer, J. A. LIVINGSTON, of McComb, Miss., and fireman, JOHN L. COLLINS, of Jackson, Miss. The truck driver, identified as MORRIS PIGGOTT, who operates a small store near Magnolia, also was killed.
Among the other dead were BOBBY GWIN, a white laborer in the freight yards, and four Negro laborers unloading grain from nearby boxcars.
The explosion which followed the crash sent flaming gasoline spewing over the workers.
There was no report on how many passengers - if any - were injured. The nine-car train, one of the Illinois Central's top passenger streamliners, left New Orleans at 7:10 a.m. and was due in Chicago at 11:40 p.m.
The train plowed into the truck with "a terrible explosion," Mrs. Wilma Gray told newsmen. She works in a drug store near the crash scene.
"Fire went everywhere," she said. "The front sections of the train were burned and killed several people. I don't guess I ever heard as loud an explosion."

The Marshall News Messenger Texas 1961-01-17