Friday was 50th anniversary of deadly train explosion in Laurel

Friday was 50th anniversary of deadly train explosion in Laurel
Friday was the 50th anniversary of a deadly train derailment and explosion in Laurel. It happened near the Kingston Street intersection.

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Friday marked the 50th anniversary of a deadly train explosion in Laurel that killed two people and injured nearly three dozen.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 25, 1969, near the Kingston Street intersection.

Fifteen cars from a Southern Railway train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded.

Property damage was extensive, with 54 homes destroyed and another 1,300 homes damage.

Total damage to the railroad was about $3 million.

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