Chesapeake City, MD Tanker Hits Bridge, July 1942

The New Bridge Over the Canal Aerial View of the Accident

DRAW BRIDGE KNOCKED DOWN BY OIL TANKER.

STRUCTURE COLLAPSES INTO C. AND D. CANAL AT CHESAPEAKE CITY.

Chesapeake City, July 28 (AP) -- An oil tanker smashed into the highway drawbridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware canal just before noon today, plunging the huge structure into the canal.
First reports said no one was on the bridge, and that no one was injured.
The tanker, southbound into Chesapeake Bay, struck the south concrete abutment, and part of the bridge fell upon the bow of the ship, witnesses said.
A hole was smashed through the port bow of the vessel, JOHN M. REED, JR., Chesapeake City merchant said.
The north end of the long bridge plunged into the canal, REED said.
The wreckage fell athwart the intracoastal canal, which accommodates ocean-going vessels, and carries a huge volume of commerce between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware river.
A few years ago a freighter crashed into the canal bridge at St. Georges, Del., killing three men. A new overhead bridge spanning the canal was recently opened there.
REED said no one aboard the tanker, being towed through the waterway by a tug, was reported injured. The drawbridge control house is on the shore, and he said apparently no one was hurt in the collision.

The News Frederick Maryland 1942-07-28