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What You'll Find Here.  Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing. Use the Search Box to search for your ancestors or Browse the articles by type of disaster, state or year.

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Lawrence, Indiana - Indian Oil Refinery Explosion - Aug 1, 1928

Oil Explosion Death Toll Mounts To 25.
LAWRENCE, ILL. Aug. 7 (AP)  read more »

Jarrell, TX Tornado, May 1997

The Jarrell Tornado, image from stormstalker.wordpress

The Jarrell, Texas Tornado of May 27, 1997 is the 10th deadliest tornado in Texas.  read more »

Pekin, IL Tornado, May 1859

Particulars of the Tornado near Pekin.

[From the Peoria Transcript. 28tb.]  read more »

Mattoon, IL Tornado, May 1917

Mattoon, IL Tornado, May 1917

Illinois' 3rd deadliest tornado disaster on record occurred on May 26, 1917.  On that date, 101 people were killed across central Illinois, most of them in the Mattoon/Charleston area.  I

by Dr. Radut