The worst railroad accident in American history occurred near Nashville, Tennessee, in 1918. The specific location was a particularly dangerous portion of track known as Dutchman's Curve in Belle Meade, TN. Now that it is 95 years later, no one is left who remembers the account firsthand, but people in the area would talk for decades about the horrible screeching and smashing of metal that emanated from the train wreck. While train accidents in recent years have not been as deadly, all of them are serious and require the attention of an experienced railroad injury attorney specializing in Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) claims. It took some time to piece together exactly what transpired that day, but a few key events had been recorded in logbooks. Many undiscovered details did not emerge until 1983 when songwriter Bobby Braddock became fascinated with the event and started interviewing eyewitnesses and surviving passengers. From this firsthand testimony, much of which was contributed by passengers George Scott and Thomas Vester, the following story emerged. On the morning of July 9, 1918, Union Station in Nashville was extremely busy, as were most others in the nation, sending soldiers and equipment to military bases in preparation for World War I. The engineers of train No. 1 and No. 4 were running late. However, No. 1 had the right of way, and No. 4 was on the lookout. Train No. 4 was ordered to stop if No. 1 was spotted before reaching the 10-mile stretch of track west of Nashville. The tower operator signaled to No. 4 that all was clear, giving the engineer the green light to proceed, and the train was logged as passing the tower at exactly 7.15 a.m. When the tower operator telegraphed the event to the home station, he was ordered to stop the train. However, no one was staffing the caboose of train No. 4, and the emergency whistle from the tower went unnoticed. Train No. 4 continued toward the bend at full speed unaware that No. 1 was approaching from the opposite direction. Thomas Vester recalls sensing an odd feeling, and he moved from the car just behind the engine to the rear of the train. The trains reached opposite ends of the bend at approximately the same time, and both were travelling at speeds approaching 60 miles per hour. As the oncoming trains fell into the view of the engineers, panic began to ensue, but it was hopeless because both of them knew that it would be impossible to stop their 80-ton locomotives in time at such high speeds. The two engines collided head on, producing the aforementioned crashing sound that was heard from up to two miles distant. Eyewitnesses and surviving passengers recall the resulting carnage. The wooden cars had crumbled into pieces, and people were scattered throughout the area among shards of glass and pools of blood. Closer inspection revealed that the situation was even worse than it appeared at first glance. Most of the people lying about were not whole. It was primarily a mess of dismembered body parts. Those who did not die instantly were moaning and releasing their last tenuous grasps on life. As many as 50,000 spectators soon converged on the scene, and horse-drawn wagons were called in to sort through and carry out the 101 dead passengers. Survivors were compensated $50 each by the railroad and sent to Memphis. Families of the deceased received further compensation later, but they had to fight for what they deserved because they did not enlist the services of a railroad injury attorney. Although no single train wreck has claimed more lives in the history of the United States, many victims of train accidents are still under-compensated. Anyone who is involved in any train collision or derailment should contact a FELA claim lawyer as soon as possible.