About 2:53 a.m. on October 8, 1977, Southern Railway Company train No. 1, The Crescent, entered a crossover from the main track into the Spencer Yard at Spencer, North Carolina, and sideswiped freight cars which were being assembled as train No. 152 on an adjacent yard track. Four locomotive units and five cars of The Crescent and seven cars of train No. 152 were derailed. Twenty-six persons received minor injuries, and damage was estimated to be $250,000.