Memorializing a Tragedy

A tragedy that struck our town more than 60 years ago will now be memorialized to recognize the good that came out of that day.

In 1946, two trains collided near Loomis Street and 4th Avenue, killing 45 people and injuring over 100 more. Dozens of civilians including North Central College students and nearby Kroehler Furniture Factory workers rushed to the scene to help those injured and involved in the wreck.

The accident is still recognized as one of the largest train wrecks in the state, however many residents have never heard about it.

The Century Walk Corporation has plans to change that – proposing a memorial be placed at the site, a sculpture featuring two people helping a woman amongst the wreckage of the crash, much like the people who rushed to the scene did that day.

“We want to assert the positives and the good that came out of it, and it was a tragedy but there hasn’t been anything like it ever since,” said President of the Century Walk Corporation, Brand Bobosky.

Organizers are hoping to raise $60,000 from several sources, including the city of Naperville, as well as the BNSF Railway foundation. They hope to install the memorial on April 25, the 68th anniversary of the crash.

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