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Transportation disasters occurred every day across the world. Most disasters are learned from which makes travel safer for everyone today. We tell the story of these disasters so they will not be forgotten. A "cornfield meet" is an old term used where two steam trains collide head-on in a field out in the country. We use this term to represent the meeting of transportation with a disaster. Climb aboard with your host Michele Sargent and co-hosts Andy Sargent (Sargent Signals) or Mel Bee as t ...
 
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Part 2 of 2.SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in Lake Superior during a storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29 men. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. She was located in deep water on No…
 
SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in Lake Superior during a storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29 men. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. She was located in deep water on November 14, 1…
 
The Angola Horror train wreck occurred on December 18, 1867, just after 3 PM when the last coach of the Buffalo-bound New York Express of the Lake Shore Railway derailed at a bridge, slid down into a gorge and caught fire in Angola, New York, killing approximately 49 people. At the time, it was one of the deadliest train wrecks in American history.…
 
Part 1 of 2.The Angola Horror train wreck occurred on December 18, 1867, just after 3 PM when the last coach of the Buffalo-bound New York Express of the Lake Shore Railway derailed at a bridge, slid down into a gorge and caught fire in Angola, New York, killing approximately 49 people. At the time, it was one of the deadliest train wrecks in Ameri…
 
Part 2 of 2.The collapse of the Cypress Freeway (I-880) occurred during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time. The earthquake was centered near Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was a magnitude of 6.9. The earthquake was responsible for 63 deaths and 3,757 injur…
 
Part 1 of 2.The collapse of the Cypress Freeway (I-880) occurred during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time. The earthquake was centered near Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was a magnitude of 6.9. The earthquake was responsible for 63 deaths and 3,757 injur…
 
Part 2 of 2.The Silver Bridge was an eyebar-chain suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. The bridge carried U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting West Virginia and Ohio.On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed under the weight of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. Two we…
 
Part 1 of 2.The Silver Bridge was an eyebar-chain suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. The bridge carried U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting West Virginia and Ohio.On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed under the weight of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. Two we…
 
Part 2 of 2.The Ashtabula Horror was the failure of a bridge over the Ashtabula River near the town of Ashtabula, Ohio, in the United States on December 29, 1876. A train of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway carrying about 160 passengers passed over the bridge as it failed. All but the lead locomotive plunged into the river. The train's …
 
The Ashtabula Horror was the failure of a bridge over the Ashtabula River near the town of Ashtabula, Ohio, in the United States on December 29, 1876. A train of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway carrying about 160 passengers passed over the bridge as it failed. All but the lead locomotive plunged into the river. The train's oil lanterns…
 
TACA Flight 110 was an international scheduled airline flight operated by TACA Airlines, traveling from Belize to New Orleans. On May 24, 1988, the Boeing 737-300 lost power in both engines, but its pilots made a successful deadstick landing on a grass levee adjacent to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, with no one aboard sustaining more than minor…
 
Part 2 of 2Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was a scheduled international flight from Paraguay to the United States. On January 1, 1985, while descending towards La Paz, Bolivia, for a scheduled stopover, the jetliner struck Mount Illimani at an altitude of 19,600 feet (6,000 m), killing all 29 people on board.The wreckage was scattered over a large ar…
 
Part 1 of 2Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was a scheduled international flight from Paraguay to the United States. On January 1, 1985, while descending towards La Paz, Bolivia, for a scheduled stopover, the jetliner struck Mount Illimani at an altitude of 19,600 feet (6,000 m), killing all 29 people on board.The wreckage was scattered over a large ar…
 
Andy and Michele discuss what is the latest in the news with rail disasters which include things such as . Listen to them talk over these events with their own spin of ideas and sometimes humor!This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Transportation Disasters podcast is brought to you by Michele and Andy Sargent (aka Sargent Signals). Email: thecornfiel…
 
Part 2 of 2: Covering the investigation, litigation and our commentary of this disaster.On June 15, 1904, General Slocum caught fire and sank in the East River of New York City. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board died. The General Slocum disaster was the New York area's worst disaster in terms of loss of life until the September 11, 20…
 
On June 15, 1904, General Slocum caught fire and sank in the East River of New York City. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board died. The General Slocum disaster was the New York area's worst disaster in terms of loss of life until the September 11, 2001 attacks. It is the worst maritime disaster in the city's history, and the second wors…
 
This is a complete new release of The Radium Girls which we covered in episode 4. If you listened to that short, definitely listen to this complete newly researched episode!The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. Painting was done by women at three different…
 
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 was a scheduled flight along the West Coast of the United States, from Los Angeles, California, to San Francisco. On December 7, 1987, the British Aerospace 146-200A, registration N350PS, crashed in San Luis Obispo County near Cayucos, after being hijacked by a passenger. This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Tr…
 
In the early afternoon of October 6, 2018, a stretch limousine crashed at the junction of New York state routes 30 and 30A north of Schoharie, 30 miles (48 km) west of Albany, killing 20: the driver, all 17 passengers, and two pedestrians who were in a nearby parking lot.This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Transportation Disasters podcast is brough…
 
On December 30, 2013, at 2:10 p.m. CST, a westbound BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) train with 112 cars loaded with grain derailed 13 cars near Casselton, North Dakota. The first car that derailed (the 45th car) fouled the adjacent track. At 2:11 p.m. an eastbound BNSF train with 104 tank cars loaded with petroleum crude oil, struck the derailed car th…
 
The SS Daniel J. Morrell was a 603-foot (184 m) Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a strong storm on Lake Huron on November 29, 1966, taking with it 28 of her 29 crewmen. The freighter was used to carry bulk cargoes such as iron ore but was running with only ballast when the 60-year-old ship sank.This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Transportati…
 
The Moorgate tube crash occurred on February 28, 1975 at 8:46 am on the London Underground's Northern City Line; 43 people died and 74 were injured after a train failed to stop at the line's southern terminus, Moorgate station, and crashed into its end wall. It is considered the worst peacetime accident on the London Underground. No fault was found…
 
Continental Express Flight 2574 (Jetlink 2574) was a scheduled domestic passenger airline flight operated by Britt Airways from Laredo, Texas to Houston, Texas. On September 11, 1991, it crashed while en route to Houston, killing all 14 people on board. The aircraft wreckage hit an area near Eagle Lake, Texas. This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Tr…
 
This is The Cornfield Meet's first unedited release of their podcast which was recorded July 3, 2020 in Medina, Ohio (outside no less). Andy and Michele discuss several news train derailments that have happened lately with their spin of humor. We hope everyone enjoys this episode and more may follow in the future if it is a success!This episode of …
 
Part 3 of 3 episodes.On the morning of May 9, 1980, a sudden, violent storm rolled into the bay and a freighter, the Summit Venture, collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Six cars, a pickup truck, and a Greyhound passenger bus full of Tuskeegee, Alabama students, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and a baby, fell from the broken bridge and pl…
 
Part 2 of 3 episodes.On the morning of May 9, 1980, a sudden, violent storm rolled into the bay and a freighter, the Summit Venture, collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Six cars, a pickup truck, and a Greyhound passenger bus full of Tuskeegee, Alabama students, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and a baby, fell from the broken bridge and pl…
 
Part 1 of 3 episodes.On the morning of May 9, 1980, a sudden, violent storm rolled into the bay and a freighter, the Summit Venture, collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Six cars, a pickup truck, and a Greyhound passenger bus full of Tuskeegee, Alabama students, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and a baby, fell from the broken bridge and pl…
 
In the early morning of February 1, 1996, an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company (ATSF) freight train, en route from Barstow to Los Angeles, California was traveling westbound on the ATSF south main track when it derailed at milepost 60.4 near Cajon Junction, California. After the derailment and the subsequent rail car pileup, which invol…
 
Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was a scheduled transpacific passenger flight from Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco International Airport in the United States. On the morning of July 6, 2013, the Boeing 777-200ER crashed on final approach into San Francisco International Airport. Of the 307 people on board, three d…
 
The SS Carl D. Bradley was a self-unloading Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Michigan storm on November 18, 1958. Of the 35 crew members, 33 died in the sinking. 23 were from the port town of Rogers City, Michigan. Her sinking was likely caused by structural failure from the brittle steel used in her construction. Many husbands and fathers…
 
There have been some very odd things that have caused train derailment and wrecks throughout history: an invention to make a train walk goes up in smoke, stealing a train for a joyride, a work mishap causing a landslide at the worst moment, the most iconic train wreck picture, double trouble in the ocean, a cow that causes a horrendous derailment, …
 
Lion Air Flight 610 was a scheduled domestic flight operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. On 29 October 2018, the Boeing 737 MAX operating the route crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew. It was the …
 
On March 17, 1993, the Amtrak Silver Star passenger train was traveling at 60 mph (96 kmph) when it saw something on the tracks that made the engineers blood run cold. He could not stop his train in time and struck a Hess gasoline tanker truck at a grade crossing, igniting a fiery explosion that engulfed nine vehicles. The truck driver was killed a…
 
TWA Flight 128 was a regularly scheduled Trans World Airlines passenger flight from Los Angeles to Boston, with intermediate stops in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. On November 20, 1967, Flight 128, on final approach, descended to an elevation of 875 feet (267 m), where it first struck trees in a spot 9,357 feet (2,852 m) short of runway 18 and 429 fee…
 
The Texas City Chain Reaction disaster was an industrial accident that occurred April 16, 1947, in the Port of Texas City, Texas, at Galveston Bay. A mid-morning fire started on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp that was docked in the port, and detonated her cargo of approximately 2,200 tons (approximately 2,100 metric tons) of ammoni…
 
The Glenbrook Rail accident occurred at 8.22am on Thursday 2 December 1999 when a CityRail electric interurban train collided with the rear of the long-haul Perth-to-Sydney Indian-Pacific passenger train. The accident happened on a curve 700 metres east of Glenbrook railway station in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The accident t…
 
Part 2: The Finding and InvestigationSS El Faro was a United States-flagged, combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off cargo ship crewed by U.S. merchant mariners. Built in 1975 by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. as Puerto Rico, the vessel was renamed Northern Lights in 1991, and finally, El Faro in 2006. She was lost at sea with all hands o…
 
On January 26, 1978, a severe blizzard resulted when a relatively rare merger of two distinct upper level waves (one over Texas and one over the Northern Plains)occurred that caused an explosive intensification of a surface low pressure system causing the worst blizzard in Ohio's recorded history. The resultant massive and powerful storm system pro…
 
Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501 derailed near DuPont, Washington, US, on December 18, 2017 because Sound Transit failed to take steps to mitigate a curve at the accident location, and inadequately trained the train's engineer, according to the NTSB's final report. It was the inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass, a new passenger rail route…
 
Part 1: The DisasterSS El Faro was a United States-flagged, combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off cargo ship crewed by U.S. merchant mariners. Built in 1975 by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. as Puerto Rico, the vessel was renamed Northern Lights in 1991, and finally, El Faro in 2006. She was lost at sea with all hands on October 1, 2015…
 
The Quintinshill rail disaster was a multi-train rail crash which occurred on May 22, 1915 outside the Quintinshill signal box near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. It resulted in the deaths of over 200 people, and is the worst rail disaster in British history.This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Transportation Disasters podcast is brought t…
 
The Cornfield Meet presents a crossover episode with Particularly Dangerous Situation! Spend some time with Michele, Bre and Brett as a blizzard, volcanic eruption and the poisoning of a town is discussed! Originally this was a 4-5 hour episode that Bre did a fantastic job of getting down to 1 1/2 hours. The "rest" of the audio in the cutting room …
 
Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on August 16, 1987, at about 8:46 p.m. EDT, killing all six crew members and 148 of its 149 passengers, along with two people on the ground. The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries. It was the seco…
 
The Australian Granville Rail Smash occurred on Tuesday, January 18, 1977, at Granville, New South Wales, a western suburb of Sydney, when a crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge that collapsed onto two of the train's passenger carriages. It remains the worst rail disaster in Australian history and the greatest…
 
On October 7, 2008, an Airbus A330-300 Qantas Flight 72, suffered a rapid loss of altitude in two sudden, uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres causing serious injuries while 80 nautical miles (150 km; 92 mi) from Learmonth, Australia. The aircraft safely landed in Learmonth, with 14 people requiring transportation by air ambulance to Perth. Another 30…
 
The Mississauga train derailment of 1979, also known as the Mississauga Miracle occurred on Saturday, November 10, 1979, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, when a 106-car CP Rail freight train carrying chemicals and explosives including styrene, toluene, propane, caustic soda, and chlorine from Windsor, Ontario derailed. As a result of the derailment…
 
The SS Morro Castle was an ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for voyages between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The ship was named for the Morro Castle fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. On the morning of September 8, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the ship caught fire and burned, killing 137 passenge…
 
The Big Bayou Canot Rail Accident was the derailing of an Amtrak train on the CSXT Big Bayou Canot bridge in southwestern Alabama, United States, on September 22, 1993. It was caused by displacement of a span and deformation of the rails when a tow of heavy barges collided with the rail bridge eight minutes earlier. 47 people were killed and 103 mo…
 
On 24 June 1982, British Airways Flight 9 was flown by the City of Edinburgh, a Boeing 747-200. The aircraft flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung (approximately 110 miles or180 km south-east of Jakarta, Indonesia), resulting in the failure of all four engines. The reason for the failure was not immediately…
 
The Cleveland East Ohio Gas Explosion occurred on the afternoon of Friday, October 20, 1944. The resulting gas leak, explosion and fires killed 130 people and destroyed a one-square-mile area of the east side of Cleveland, Ohio.This episode of The Cornfield Meet: Transportation Disasters podcast is brought to you by Michele Sargent. I am amateur ra…
 
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