- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A highway marker will commemorate the site of a massive train explosion that wiped out an entire town in Roosevelt County 70 years ago.

The Clovis News Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1DEjIlO ) that the New Mexico Preservation Department has approved the marker’s placement 2 miles from where the town of Tolar once stood.

Randy Dunson, a retired railroader who applied for the marker, says incident should be recognized.

Dunson says a train carrying 160 bombs caught fire Nov. 30, 1944 and stopped in Tolar.

The ensuing explosion killed one person and destroyed nearly every town building.

Historians say the death toll was low because most residents were at work or out of town.

The marker, along with a bent railroad track from the explosion, will be dedicated in a ceremony Nov. 21.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com

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