Elizabeth Breeden

Margaret Elizabeth Breeden (September 15, 1928 – January 11, 1947) was an 18-year-old woman was killed while she waited at the railroad crossing in Burke when the last eight cars of the Tennessean train derailed, causing a 10-foot section of the rail to whip out and crush through her forehead, at about 9:26 a.m on January 11, 1947.[1]

The oldest daughter of P. R. Breeden, a section foreman on the Southern railroad, Elizabeth was waiting for a local train that was following behind the Tennessean, intending to go to Orange, Virginia, where she hoped to live with her grandmother and find a job.[2]


  1. Haseltine, N. S. "Flyer Jumps Track, Kills Girl, Hurts 6." The Washington Post (1923-1954): M1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1994). Jan 12 1947. Web. 11 Jan. 2012.
  2. "Fairfax Derailment Killing Girl, Injuring 9 Under Investigation" Evening Star, 12 Jan. 1947, Two Star, p. 1. NewsBank. Accessed 17 Dec. 2017.