As reported 44 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 7, 1961:
Freight car derails
Fifteen freight cars and three diesels left the tracks near Martinez early Wednesday after three youths reportedly left a switch open. There were no injuries.
Columbia County Sheriff Herman Morris said the youths apparently were walking down the tracks when they saw the switch lock ajar. They opened it but were unable to close it.
He said they walked off and left the switch open. The three were not identified.
The freight cars, loaded with pulp wood and coal, blocked the highway at the Old Evans Road crossing. Bulldozers worked several hours before traffic was able to pass.
Officials of the Charleston and Western Carolina Division of Atlanta Coast Line Railroad said a 300-foot spur around the wreckage was immediately laid to allow continued passage by other trains.
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