Kansas City, KS Railroad Bridge Falls, Nov 1890

PLUNGED INTO THE RIVER.

A SPAN OF A RAILROAD BRIDGE NEAR KANSAS CITY COLLAPSES AND FIVE LOADED CARS GO DOWN.

FOUR MEN KNOWN TO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND EIGHT OTHERS ARE MISSING -- FOUR BADLY INJURED.

Kansas City, Nov. 17. -- About 6 o'clock this morning as a freight train carrying employs of Armour's packing house, on their way to work, and loaded with hogs and grain was crossing the bridge over the Kaw River in this city on the Kansas City, Wyandotte & Northwestern Railway, one span of the bridge gave way and precipited five cars in the river. It is not known how many were on board the train, but there may have been anywhere from a dozen up to 20, and so far as the names are known, the list of rescued comprise only four members the train crew, and one or two colored men who were riding across the bridge.
The following is the list of killed:
HENRY COLEMAN, colored.
WILL CRAWFORD, colored.
FRED ALLEN, fireman, Lawrence, Kansas.
HENRY WILLIAMS, colored.
The names of the injured are:
S. V. SMITH, Latham, Kansas, stockman, badly bruised about the body and legs.
C. PATCH, engineer, Kansas City, badly cut and bruised.
THOMAS MULLIGAN, brakeman, Lawrence, Kansas, badly cut and bruised.
L. LATTIMORE, colored, Kansas City, several ribs broken.
The following employes of Armour's were seen to get on board the ill-fated train and as they have neither put in an appearance at the packing houses nor at their homes, it is feared they are killed:
FRANK WALL, a packer.
ED BURKE, pipe fitter.
RALPH FAY, elevator man.
DAVE BROWN, beef killer.
FRED BELL, pipe fitter.
Three tramps who boarded the train several stations up the road are also missing.
The missing are supposed to be killed and their bodies buried under the wreckage.

Bradford Era Pennsylvania 1890-11-18