July 28, 2022, marks 153 years since the devastating Budds Creek railroad disaster in Montgomery County, Tennessee, along the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad.
By 1 a.m. that day, the No. 2 express train was steaming toward Clarksville, Tennessee, when it approached a bridge crossing Budds Creek. Exactly what happened was the subject of considerable debate.
The train crashed into the creek bed below. A fire began to consume the train’s cars. Only the sleeping car at the rear of the train did not fall into Budds Creek. Five people ultimately died as a result of the wreck.
Some claimed sabotage was to blame for the wreck.
In 2019, the Montgomery County government declared July 28, 2019, as Budds Creek Disaster Day of Remembrance.