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"Bloody" 11W - Highway 11 W
S-N Highway 11W -Thorn Hill/Tazewell
Bean's Station, TN 37708

County: Grainger
GPS: 36.3170017, -83.3575670


Highway 11W in Grainger County, TN is legendary for 'sightings', and no wonder- Many, many people have been killed on this particular stretch of highway. Up until recently, it was a very narrow, two-lane highway that carried a huge amount of traffic over the mountains via Highway 11W. Much of the traffic consisted of huge smei-trucks carrying materials over the mountains. Also, much of the traffic moved at very high speeds - so when something went wrong, it was usually disastrous. It's recorded in the news in Grainger County's "Grainger Today" that a terrible pile up, one vehicle a large bus, crashed - tearing the bus apart and throwing bodies up and down the highway. Officers and those responding to the scene reported a crash of catastrophic proportions.

I myself and my husband saw something on this road I CANNOT explain.

We were coming up the highway in broad daylight in early morning, and has we were driving up the highway, ( which has now been made into a four-lane), we came around a slight curve going up the mountain, and in the distance on OUR side of the median was a huge red semi-truck - it was driving straight toward us on the inside lane of the highway. My husband couldn't believe what he was seeing - but we could both see it, it was about nine in the morning - there were no other cars or trucks in front of or behind us...so we start to panic and while we were looking at it, it disappeared!

I'm not sure what that was about, but I heard also from a friend after this experience that he thought he almost hit a man in the road coming back at night from work - He saw this guy almost standing IN the road waving his arms around like he needed help. When my friend stopped and jumped out, there was no one there. He said it was really weird and couldn't explain how someone who waved him down could disappear into nowhere. You can also catch orbs and weird mists taking pictures up and down this highway.


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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17285     8/19/2008 4:21:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I Live All most right on 11w ,have all my life. the bus and tracker trailor hitting each other is true. there was a song i heard when i was a kid about the wreck have not heard song since i was a kid but know 2 people in my family that has the record of it if i'm not wrong the bus driver went to sleep and ran in to tractor tralor'SEMI' killed all most every one cut head off of one person and it went into a yard. that was a very very bad wreck! lived in BeanTown all my life and growed up herein' the story of "BLOODLY HIGHWAY 11W" but the highway has turned in to a four line all the old highway is almost gone ... if i ever get the chance to i will put the record on line my sister has 1 of the copys the way i heard it they out lawed the song because it was to bloody ? thats 'HERE SAY ' .. but it was a very bad and still is highway.. we lost a 7 yr old neifew and 6 others 'diff. times ' on 11w it is and maybe always will be dangerous.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17288     8/19/2008 4:55:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

this is the song took place in bean station http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/GG/Jim_McGinnis_-_1... Jamie

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 77564 ReplyTo# 17288     4/18/2012 3:15:00 PM     Edit          

Last Seen: 4/18/2012 3:11:26 PM  
I remember the wreck like it was yesterday...It was the worst that I have known of in Bean Station...I still have the picture that I took with the singer of the 11W Bloody Hwy song...My cousin was there as he was praying for a man that was in the bus, body parts where strewn every where...It was awful, will never forget that wreck in 1972.  I have drove that rode a lot, not as narrow as some may think, It was just like any 2 lane roads...That is one wreck that I will never forget.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17289     8/19/2008 4:58:00 AM     Edit       Reply    


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17290     8/19/2008 5:07:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Jim McGinnis - 11 W. Bloody Highway (3:13) Label shot One more bus accident record, though this time it's a Greyhound in Tennessee, and not a school bus in Kentuckyhttp://blogfiles.wfmu.org/GG/Jim_McGinnis_-_11_W_Bloody_Highway.mp3

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39148     9/6/2009 6:36:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

this highway is very scary, i am 14 and even i know to be careful there going through rutledge, we drive it every weekend, but my dad drives it like a freeway he scares me half to death passing cars in the 2 lane part and dbl yellow to, how crazy.. we live in k-town but go to church at avondale baptist church on avondale rd past the main pt of rutledge past the prison (wich is crazily behind a bank!) past mom and pops bbq resteraunt

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39292 ReplyTo# 39148     9/8/2009 1:32:00 PM     Edit          

I doubt there would be many pictures if any from that crash. They say it was the worst accident in East Tenn history. If there are pictures they are probably sealed up or lost.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 48299     2/14/2010 4:48:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

If memory serves, the tractor trailer-Greyhound bus collision occured in 1972. I was living in Morristown at the time. I believe there were 12 or 13 fatalities. I am not for certain but I believe the driver of the truck was killed, as was the driver of the bus.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50665     4/13/2010 7:29:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Acording to the song 14 people lost their lives that day. may 13,1972. I way only 15 at the time but I remember it happening.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50701     4/14/2010 7:17:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Go to youtube.com and search bean station bus wreck, it has the song and some still pictures of the wreck............

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 56277 ReplyTo# 50701     8/6/2010 10:41:00 PM     Edit          

Here's the link to the video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3f71fDk1GM

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 65648     1/17/2011 4:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

My paternal grandmother and aunt were on that bus. Everyone died.Stella and Pam Moore was their names Pam was a small child I think. Maybe 4 or 5.Just found this site and was looking for info. Happen before I was born. .y step granpa always claimed a banshee visited him that night after they dies. Idk about that but...who knows.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 75836 ReplyTo# 65648     1/10/2012 8:57:00 AM     Edit          


My mother, Stella Moore, and my little sister Pamela died that morning.  They sat three seats behind the driver.  My mother was on her way back to Richmond, VA, after picking up Pamela in Henderson, KY from her father.  I was eleven at the time, living in Richmond, just having moved there with my mother and older sister Linda.  Pamela was going to live with us, as well.

I did not get to attend the funeral, as it was held in Paducah, KY by my stepfather.  My brother, Roger, got leave from the Navy and did attend.  My stepdad wanted open caskets!  My brother closed them when he walked in and dared my stepdad to open them again.  My stepad was really strange, to say the least.

Mom and Pamela are buried somewhere in Paducah, although even at 51 years old I have yet to find the grave.  She rests in peace now, and she lives on through her three remaining children, and many grandchildren and great grandshildren!

An added note - Stella met my father, Horace Wilson, on a Greyhound near Ft. Campbelll, KY around 1950-51.  They divorced in 1963.  He passed away in 1985, with many fond memories and a lot of love still for her


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 70501     5/11/2011 4:25:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I myself have no experience with the highway but I know people who do. I really can't tell because I promised to keep it a secret but the story ALWAYS makes my body shake!!!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 75666     12/29/2011 10:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

You forgot a main part of this ....the Grey hound bus and tractor trailer that crash in like the 50s or 60s

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 75676 ReplyTo# 75666     12/30/2011 11:11:00 AM     Edit          


Bean Station, TN Greyhound Bus And Truck Collide, May 1972

The worst traffic accident in Northeast Tennessee history -- the collision Saturday morning of a Greyhound bus and tractor trailer on U.S. 11-W which killed 14 persons, 15 injured. The wreck occurred almost in front of the Bean Station Baptist Church.


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 76653     2/23/2012 2:05:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

im 15 yrs old, i live right up above where the crash happened,my momma has pictures and so does my mammaw my pappaw and almost all my kin worked at the crash they remember it very well they said it was a really grosume sight , my cousin has one of the original records of the song .. if u wont to see the crash pictures search you tube and type in Bean Station Bus crash the pictures and the song will play ... If u got any ?'s feel free 2 ask




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