Pittsburgh, PA Area Fell from Bridge, Nov 1845
Louisville Morning Courier and American Democrat newspaper, Louisville, KY 1844-1846
Monday 24 November 1845
On Thursday forenoon, one of the workmen at the new Wire Suspension Bridge, named THOS. HODDLING, now being built across the Monongahela River, fell from the last pier in the Birmingham side, and was instantly killed by the fall. He struck a stone at the bottom of the pier, and when taken from the water, about 15 minutes after, his head was badly cut, and his neck was dislocated.
He was at work within the iron arch of one of the piers, with a companion, who testified that he had been taken with a fit, (to which it appears he was subject) and fell off the pier backwards.
Pittsburgh Chronicle, November 17