Leechburg, PA River Ferry Sinking, June 1913
TEN DROWN AS RAFT SINKS.
SIXTY-FIVE PASSENGERS ON RIVER FERRY THROWN INTO WATER.
Leechburg, Pa., July 28. -- Ten persons are thought to have been drowned here tonight, which a raft ferry, carrying about 65 persons, went down in the Kiskiminetas River, at about 11 o'clock. The list of missing, according to the authorities, includes two negroes, several foreigners, and two Americans. Five bodies have been recovered.
It is said the accident was caused by the passengers of the raft. They were being brought across the river from Hyde Park, Pa. Upon approaching Leechburg they made a rush, it is claimed, to the forward end of the boat. The excessive weight at the one end caused the raft to tip, and then shoot its nose under the water. During the excitement which followed several of the passengers jumped into the stream; others fought to retain their foothold, and all on board fell into the water.
The five bodies recovered have not yet been identified. A large force of men has been enlisted to drag the river at the point of the catastrophe.
Washington Post District of Columbia 1913-06-29