Glens Falls, NY Bridge Collapse, Mar 1890
THE BRIDGE GAVE WAY.
TWO LIVES LOST, TWO PERSONS INJURED, AND TWO MEN MISSING.
Troy, N.Y., March 15. -- At about 10:30 o'clock this morning the Queensbury span of the old
Queensbury-Moreau Bridge at Glens Falls fell into the Hudson River, carrying down the workmen who were upon it. The bridge was being demolished for the purpose of constructing an iron bridge, and only the flooring, under which supports had been placed, remained to be taken down.
Workmen were taking away a side beam on the upper side, when the supports gave way. The whole span rolled over, up stream, and fell into the falls below. NELSON SANSOUCI, a prominent member of the Cunningham Hose Company of Glens Falls, struck on the rocks below, and, before assistance could reach him, rolled over into the river. He was seen to rise twice, but must have been drowned.
The remains of the bridge floated off with three men clinging to it. The body of GEORGE CARR, the veteran South Glens Falls mail carrier, was taken out on the Moreau side.
THOMAS HOLLORAN of South Glens Falls was rescued badly cut about the head. THOMAS FARLEY of Windsor, Conn., an employe of the Berlin Bridge Company, was taken out with his right arm broken. A companion of FARLEY was uninjured. Two men are still missing, and perhaps more.
New York Times New York 1890-03-16