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Graniteville in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Graniteville Train Derailment

January 6, 2005

Graniteville Train Derailment Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Graniteville Train Derailment Marker
(Bottom of Center Panel):
Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends.
                                        John 15:13

(Marker Left Panel):
At 2:39 am on January 6, 2005 a northbound Norfolk Southern Railway freight train derailed after encountering an open switch and collided with a parked train on a siding track. 16 cars derailed, 1 chlorine car was breached releasing 160,000 pounds of chlorine gas.This resulted in 9 fatalities, sent 550 to local hospitals and 5400 people were evacuated.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
                                        Psalms 56:3

(Marker Right Panel):
This memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the early morning hours on January 6, 2005.
Steven W. Bagby
Tony M. Deloach
Allen Frazier
John Henry Laird Jr.
Fred (Rusty) Rushton III
Christopher G. Seeling
Willie Charles Shealey
Joseph Lee Stone
Willie Lee Tyler

I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me.
                                        Philippians 4:13
Location. 33° 34.022′ N, 81° 48.4′ W. Marker is in Graniteville
Graniteville Train Derailment Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
2. Graniteville Train Derailment Marker
, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Canal Street (State Highway 191) near Aiken Road. Click for map. Between Church Street and Aiken Road, off Canal Street. Marker is in this post office area: Graniteville SC 29829, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 200th Anniversary of the United States (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Graniteville Mill (about 600 feet away); William Gregg (about 600 feet away); Graniteville Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); WW I Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pickens - Salley House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Robert M. Bell Parkway (approx. 2.3 miles away); Aiken Hospital / Aiken County Hospital (approx. 4.4 miles away); Highland Park Hotel (approx. 4.7 miles away); Coker Spring (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Graniteville.
More about this marker. After passing the Graniteville Train Derailment Highway Homage look left.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Graniteville, South Carolina. The memorial is located in a small park near the intersection of Canal St and Aiken Rd. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Graniteville Train Disaster. The Graniteville train disaster is an American rail disaster that occurred on
Graniteville Train Derailment Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Graniteville Train Derailment Marker
January 6 2005, in Graniteville, South Carolina. (Submitted on August 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Emergency Response Issues: What Went Wrong in Graniteville. Everyone appreciates what emergency responders do, but there is also a time for review and analysis to prevent the reoccurrence of errors, or an opportunity to improve response. (Submitted on March 15, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Effects of Deadly Train Crash Still Rumble Through Town. A year after a train crash spread a toxic plume of chlorine gas through this small mill town, John Logan, a 60-year-old handyman, continues to inspect property damage. (Submitted on March 15, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Ceremony remembers victims of derailment. More than 100 people came together Saturday for the sixth annual Train Derailment Memorial Service at Bethlehem Baptist Church. (Submitted on January 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
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Graniteville Train Derailment Highway Homage Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Graniteville Train Derailment Highway Homage
In Memory of the victims of the January 6th 2005 train accident
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,897 times since then. Last updated on , by David Massey of Greensboro, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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