Cornfield-meet meaning

(US, rail transport) The accidental head-on collision of two trains.
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(US, rail transport) Sometimes also used for a near-collision in the same situation.
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Origin of cornfield-meet

  • From cornfield and meet: early collisions often occurred out in the country alongside a cornfield, rather than the trains passing safely in a station or siding. Originated in the U.S., in use since at least the 19th century.
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