ROUND ROCK, Texas (KWTX) On January 22, 1927, rain was pouring as the Baylor basketball team were travelling to Austin to play the University of Texas.
(Photo: Erin Zeller)
As the team’s bus crossed railroad tracks in Round Rock, a train came and crashed into the side of the bus.
Six students were killed instantly in the crash, and four others died later that day. The victims are remembered as the “Immortal Ten.”
On Sunday, the 90th anniversary of the accident, the bridge that arcs over the crash site was dedicated to those students, and will now be known as the “Immortal Bridge.”
Plaques engraved with the victims’ faces and names are displayed on green and gold lampposts that line the bridge in downtown Round Rock.
Baylor staff, alumni, and students went to Round Rock to participate in the bridge dedication ceremony. Ryan Richardson, Associate Chaplain Baylor University, led the invocation, and Baylor Student Body President Lindsey Bacque also spoke.
Bacque said, "They're so important to us today because it reminds us why we’re here at Baylor, why we work so hard, and study every day to continue on in all the things they were unable to finish because of this tragedy."
Decedents of the “Immortal Ten” released balloons in honor of their family members who lost their lives.
Bacque explained why remembering those students is still so important today. "The Immortal Ten is really what bonds us all together as a Baylor family,” she said. “It gives us a really strong purpose to what we’re doing at Baylor.”
In 1927, the roadway crossed the railroad tracks, and there were no automated arms or lights.
The accident inspired state legislators to develop safer standards for roads crossing tracks, so the Mays Street bridge was the first overpass to be constructed.
Before today, the bridge had only a simple sign that explained the tragedy. Baylor University and the city of Round Rock wanted to honor the victims in a better way by displaying the plaques with their faces.