Grove, OK (Indian Territory) Bridge Scaffold Collapse, Sep 1904

FORTY WORKMEN HURLED INTO RIVER.

THREE WERE INSTANTLY KILLED AND MANY HURT.

A SCAFFOLDING GAVE WAY.

Siloam Springs, Ark., Sept. 23. -- A special to the Daily Republican from Grove, I. T., says:
A fatal accident occurred three miles west of here in which three men were killed outright, three fatally and four severely injured by the falling of scaffold work on a bridge.
The dead are:
HENRY RUCKER.
THOMAS BROWNING.
RAY MOORE.
Fatally injured:
RUFUS BLEVINS, internal injuries.
LEE CARRY, back broken and other injuries.
Seriously injured:
HENRY GLENN.
E. P. JACKSON.
JAMES PERRIN.
J. J. SMITH, foreman of the steel works here, had his leg broken and is badly cut.
Forty men working on scaffolding surrounding an iron wagon bridge in the course of construction across Grand River were suddenly precipated into the river below, a distance of over fifty feet, by the breaking of the scaffold work.
Most of the workmen lived at Grove. In addition to those named above sixteen men were more or less injured, but none seriously hurt.

Paducah Sun Kentucky 1904-09-23