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Alamo in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

1940 Train-Truck Collision

 
 
1940 Train-Truck Collision Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, August 27, 2021
1. 1940 Train-Truck Collision Marker
Inscription.  On March 14, 1940, at this crossing of Tower Road and the Missouri Pacific rail line occurred an automobile accident resulting in the most fatalities on a Texas highway in the 20th century. An oncoming train collided with a truck carrying more than 40 agricultural workers, killing 34 of the workers, who ranged in age from ten to 48. The neighboring citrus packing plant served as headquarters for rescue operations. The tragedy affected many lives in the Alamo community and across the Rio Grande Valley, resulting in renewed attention to safety issues surrounding railroad crossings and the transportation of agricultural workers.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12628.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1940.
 
Location. 26° 10.922′ N, 98° 6.694′ W. Marker is in Alamo, Texas, in Hidalgo County. Marker is on North Tower Road north of Business U.S. 83, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 N Tower Rd, Alamo TX 78516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Ebenezer (approx. 1.4 miles away); Tom Mayfield (approx. 2.9 miles away); St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); St. John the Baptist Church Tower 1954 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old First National Bank Building Circa 1919 (approx. 3 miles away); San Juan Townsite (approx. 3 miles away); San Antonio & Rio Grande Railway (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alamo.
 
1940 Train-Truck Collision Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, August 27, 2021
2. 1940 Train-Truck Collision Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2021, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2021, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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