Buffalo, NY Rock Slide At Niagara Falls, Sept 1920
NIAGARA LEDGE CRUMBLES; FIVE TONS HURTLE DOWN KILLING 3 AND INJURING 2.
MASS CRASHES ON BRIDGE INTO CAVE OF WINDS.
FIVE SIGHTSEERS ARE BURIED BENEATH ROCKY PILE AT EDGE OF RAPIDS.
Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 6. - Dropping 180 feet from the brink of Niagara Falls onto the bridge leading into the Cave of the Winds, five tons of shale killed three persons and seriously injured two others who were crossing the bridge. A sixth occupant of the bridge escaped uninjured.
A. HARTMAN, 27 years old, Brooklyn.
LOUISE HARTMAN, 26 years old, Brooklyn.
SARAH M. FAUST, 22 years old, Pittsburgh.
T. W. LEE, Pittsburgh.
FRANK HERLING, Detroit.
Without warning the huge mass of shale let go and crashed onto the frail bridge splintering it into a thousand pieces and continuing on through into the Cave of the Winds beneath, carrying the five persons with it.
Dig for Bodies.
Hardly had the noise of the crash died away when a rescue party of officials of the customs and immigration services started digging to unearth the bodies buried under the pile of rocks at the edge of the rapids.
While the rescuers worked, the Maid of the Mist, the little steamer which navigates close to the falls, made her way to the ledge. As the injured were dug out, they were placed aboard the steamer, which carried them to the dock, where ambulances waited. Other trips were made for the bodies of those killed.
Hundreds of persons had crossed the same bridge during the day and officials say that at the time of the accident traffic was lighter than for several hours preceding.
Wife Sees Husband Killed.
MRS. FRANK HERLING, of Detroit, was walking within a few feet of the husband when the mass of debris struck the bridge. She saw her husband disappear before her eyes, but escaped injury, although rock splinters fell all about her. The bridge has been roped off to prevent further accidents in case more rock lets go. The injured are in the Memorial Hospital at the Falls.
The Washington Herald District of Columbia 1920-09-07