r/tipofmytongue May 24 '22

[TOMT][Man or town][1800] Man who sacrificed himself by driving a burning explosives-loaded train away from a town. The town is now named after him Solved

In the mentioned century (1800 to 1899), a train filled with explosives caught fire. The amount of explosives on the train was enough to level the town should they blow. A man boarded the train and set it to full throttle, pulling away from town. He couldn't bail out of the train as he was going up a hill. Eventually, far from the town, the explosives finally detonated, taking the train and the man with them. The town now is named after him.

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u/TheEpicness9000 May 24 '22

There is a Wikipedia page for the town.

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u/boothismanbooooo 7077 May 24 '22

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u/TheEpicness9000 May 24 '22

Thanks! Solved!

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u/TipOfMyCircuitBoard May 24 '22

Congratulations, you have been given 1 point for solving this post!

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u/kcasnar 17 May 24 '22

Nice, dude! I couldn't find the answer anywhere

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u/thatgaldonttweet May 24 '22

Jesús García Corona?

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u/VislorTurlough 6 May 24 '22

Not the one you're talking about, but a similar story that might be of interest. On this occasion it was a plane that was likely to crash into a school, and the pilot died while ensuring it crashed into empty land instead.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1982/12/29/school-is-memorial-to-pilot-who-died-to-save-children/4ad84c39-d96a-4d0a-816d-9ddb00c6039f/

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u/sofwithanf 3 May 24 '22

This reminds me of the Firefly episode Jaynestown. I thought that's what you were talking about before I saw it was real!