“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Crystal Springs in Copiah County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Bus-Train Collision of 1942

Bus-Train Collision of 1942 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeff Lovorn, September 15, 2011
1. Bus-Train Collision of 1942 Marker
Inscription. On August 5, 1942, a southbound train collided with a westbound bus, killing fifteen bus passengers and injuring many more. The Greyhound bus, traveling from New Orleans to Jackson, stopped at the east side of the Marion Avenue railroad crossing to await the passing of a northbound freight train. As the last train car passed, the bus crossed the tracks and was struck in the rear by an unseen southbound troop train. Of the fifty-two bus passengers, twenty-six were U.S. Army Air Corps cadets.
Erected 2008 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Location. 31° 59.263′ N, 90° 21.499′ W. Marker is in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, in Copiah County. Marker is at the intersection of West Railroad Avenue and West Georgetown Street, on the right when traveling south on West Railroad Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crystal Springs MS 39059, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tommy Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Johnson (approx. 9 miles away); Hazelhurst (approx. 9.1 miles away); Robert Johnson Birthplace (approx. 9.1 miles away); Mrs. Annie Coleman Peyton (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 96 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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