Monument planned for 1901 fatal train crash

SAND CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Plans are in the works to put up a gravesite monument for a fatal train crash in rural southeastern Michigan in 1901.

Two trains collided southwest of Adrian in Lenawee County in November 1901. The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, ( ) reports scores of Italian immigrants in two coaches went unaccounted for, and five coffins of remains went in an unmarked grave in an Adrian cemetery.

At the urging of Adrian Mayor Jim Berryman, city employees scoured old records and found the gravesite late last year. Berryman says a memorial service and placement of a monument at the gravesite are tentatively scheduled for September.

Laurie Dickens, who wrote a book about the crash, says it’s presumed the remains belong to the immigrant travelers, but that “it could be anybody in those boxes.”