"Bloody 11-W"

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“Rocky Top Tennessee”

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Jul 30, 2008
 
What is the story on Bloody 11-W? And was there a song about this and if so who sang it?
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#2
Jul 30, 2008
 
it reverts to the "old" highway, that was back when seatbelts weren't even built into cars. It's a curvy and dangerous road, you might drive it everyday and not even know you're driving it.
it's not to bloody today with the new laws.
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Jul 30, 2008
 
The road was named Bloody 11-W because of the amount of accidents on it before they fixed it. All the accidents were capped off by a Greyhound bus wreck that several were killed in. There was/is a song about the highway but I can't for the life of me remember who sang it.

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Not to mention Deadman's Curve here in Rogersville, then the Bus wreck down in Bean station.....Yeah lots of curves

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Jul 30, 2008
 
thanks for response...tell me about the Greyhound bus wreck
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The highway was once known as "Bloody 11W" because of the frequency of fatal accidents along the route. It was in '72, I think, it was the bloodiest highway in America, "It had 35 deaths and 1,068 accidents.
Grainger County's had 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 think but not for sure Jim McGinnis had the song out about 11 W. Bloody Highway. I'm sure that there are more people around here that can be more precise. I was born and raised here and after high school graduation moved to New Jersey for Military and was driving through Allendale area and they had this huge sign up stating Bloody Hwy 11W and that just scared the life right out of me; because I had been gone for three years and just wasn't expecting this huge sign.
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rockytopgirl I google 11W Bloody Hwy and found this. Hope that this works for you. I played it and it did play.

http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/GG/Jim_McGinnis_-_1...

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Brenda Hice wrote:
rockytopgirl I google 11W Bloody Hwy and found this. Hope that this works for you. I played it and it did play.
http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/GG/Jim_McGinnis_-_1...
Oh my goodness...that was so touching..chilling, hairs standing on my arms..and a couple of tears. Thank you. And to anyone elso ... listen to it.
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nice google job Brenda
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Jul 30, 2008
 
what's sad is, back then the equipment wans't even designed to go that fast.....like i say though, the future is laws
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Jul 30, 2008
 
does anyone know any of the people?
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Jul 30, 2008
 
does anyone know where they took the bus? I think it was behind some gas station.

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During this time of "Bloody 11-W" was mostly Tractor Trailers than cars back then. I think a Country Music Group had come across one of these wrecks once and that's how the song was produced. I do know this (wrecks) mostly took place on the other end of Rogersville but I've seen and heard of many more before and right after this "Bloody 11-W" came to be knowed in this area, even in this stretch was many "Bloody" wrecks. Like I said Most where Tractor Trailers, this was before Interstate 81 and 11-W was a DEADLY road to be on. I don't remember all these "curves" though.???
I may be wrong about this Music Group writing this song but that was what I was told. I was in high school back then so I remember it pretty good and seen lots of these wrecks..

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Better Days wrote:
During this time of "Bloody 11-W" was mostly Tractor Trailers than cars back then. I think a Country Music Group had come across one of these wrecks once and that's how the song was produced. I do know this (wrecks) mostly took place on the other end of Rogersville but I've seen and heard of many more before and right after this "Bloody 11-W" came to be knowed in this area, even in this stretch was many "Bloody" wrecks. Like I said Most where Tractor Trailers, this was before Interstate 81 and 11-W was a DEADLY road to be on. I don't remember all these "curves" though.???
I may be wrong about this Music Group writing this song but that was what I was told. I was in high school back then so I remember it pretty good and seen lots of these wrecks..
You know, that is all I remember about bloody 11W, the trucks. They would ride your bumper really bad. I barely remember a bad wreck involving a big truck, and it hitting a cow that got loose. Seems like we almost always heard of a wreck on bloody 11W every single day.

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Jul 30, 2008
 
i remember when the road off the mounain ended in a t intersection there in bean station, just before kingswood school (what a hell hole THAT was to endure). many, many tactor trailer wrecks there, come off the mountain and pow! seen several bad wrecks there where people didnt know the road and were hauling butt only to t-bone a passing car on the old hwy. they would come around the curve and see the stop sign doing 70 or 75, no way to get stopped.

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Brenda Hice wrote:
The highway was once known as "Bloody 11W" because of the frequency of fatal accidents along the route. It was in '72, I think, it was the bloodiest highway in America, "It had 35 deaths and 1,068 accidents.
Grainger County's had 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 think but not for sure Jim McGinnis had the song out about 11 W. Bloody Highway. I'm sure that there are more people around here that can be more precise. I was born and raised here and after high school graduation moved to New Jersey for Military and was driving through Allendale area and they had this huge sign up stating Bloody Hwy 11W and that just scared the life right out of me; because I had been gone for three years and just wasn't expecting this huge sign.
Wow..that would have been very scary for me...a sign that said that. I listned to that song and it is bone chilling.

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Thanks, Brenda. I have wanted to hear that for a while. My friend's mom has the record, but I don't have a record player.

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Jul 30, 2008
 
11W was the quickest way to get from Bristol to Knoxville. I remember when the semi's came through downtown Rogersville before the bypass was built. This was before 1973, if I am not mistaken.
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Jul 31, 2008
 
Brenda Hice wrote:
The highway was once known as "Bloody 11W" because of the frequency of fatal accidents along the route. It was in '72, I think, it was the bloodiest highway in America, "It had 35 deaths and 1,068 accidents.
Grainger County's had 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 think but not for sure Jim McGinnis had the song out about 11 W. Bloody Highway. I'm sure that there are more people around here that can be more precise. I was born and raised here and after high school graduation moved to New Jersey for Military and was driving through Allendale area and they had this huge sign up stating Bloody Hwy 11W and that just scared the life right out of me; because I had been gone for three years and just wasn't expecting this huge sign.
Brenda I'm not positive but I was thinking as I remebered this terrible accident with the Greyhound but there was a semi involved too and they hit head on wasn't it? Not just the bus wrecking. Thats what it seemed I remembered. I was only 12 at that time but remember my parents and I rode down that way and them talking about it and how bad it was. There was clothes scattered and even hung up in the trees in the area the wreck happened I distincly remember from the bus.
Terrible terrible accident.

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It was the Truckers that got the name "Bloody 11-W" started as I said in my earlier post about most of the bad wrecks involved mostly all Tractor Trailers, Tracker T. vs Cars and just Big Trucks wrecking.
Back then that area had a stretch of 24 hr. Truck Stops and Diners for Truckers all up and down 11-W (Old 11-W) then. Even a Massage Parlor's in trailers I think....
I have ate at some of those Truck Diners and was very good food!

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