Bedford, OH Trestle Collapses, Feb 1896
THREE SPANS OF A HIGH TRESTLE AT BEDFORD, O., COLLAPSES.
WORKMEN WERE HURLED INTO THE CREEK AND VALLEY BELOW.
ONE MAN RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES, AND THE OTHERS SERIOUSLY HURT -- TWENTY-FIVE OTHERS WERE AT WORK AT THE TIME BUT WERE SAVED.
Cleveland, Feb. 12. -- At 3:20 Tuesday afternoon, three spans of the southern end of the high trestle in course of construction by the Akron, Bedford & Cleveland electric road over Tinker's Creek, near Bedford, collapsed, hurling six workmen into the valley and creek beneath.
WM. NEWMAN, of Canton, O., was frightfully mangled. He was found lying in shallow water, still alive, but can not recover.
CHAS. GEB, also of Canton, like NEWMAN, fell the entire distance of 65 feet and was probably fatally injured.
JOS. McMULLEN, of Twinsburg, sustained general bruises.
CHAS. McCARTHY, of Canton, was severely bruised about the body.
JAMES FREEMAN, of Cleveland, had two ribs broken.
GEO. BULLARD, of Canton, fingers broken and face bruised.
None except NEWMAN and GEB fell into the creek. The others succeeded in jumping from the collapsing mass onto the hillside. On the bridge at the time of the accident 25 men, employes of the Canton Wrought Iron Bridge Co., were at work. A wild scene ensued when the crash came. The men dropped everything and ran for their lives, their shouts of alarm bringing most of the village to the spot.
The cause of the accident is not definitely known.
The railroad wished to run cars over the bridge Wednesday, and it is thought the builders in their hurry overlooked bolting the supports properly. The bridge was a temporary affair. On January 9 of this year a former bridge entirely collapsed, carrying a train of two cars with it. Two men were killed at that time. Bedford is nine miles from Cleveland.
Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-02-13