Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Waverly Disaster

Marker ID: THC 3E 22
Location: On E. Railroad St., west of Richland Ave., Waverly, TN
County: Humphreys
Coordinates: N 36° 05.245    W 087° 47.533
  36.08741666    -87.79221666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3XAR


On February 24, 1978, two days after a Louisville and Nashville train wrecked on this site, workmen were cleaning up when a 22,000 pounds of liquid propane fuel from a derailed tanker car ignited and caused a massive exposion. The blast and resulting fire destroyed a great part of Waverly's old town section that included homes and businesses. Sixteen people were killed in the disaster, including Waverly's police and fire cheifs. More than 200 people suffered injury, and damage was in the millions of dollars.

Tennessee Historical Commission