New York, NY Street Collapse, Sept 1915
SEVEN DEAD, HUNDRED HURT
NEW YORK CAR FALLS INTO EXCAVATION WHEN STREET IS BLOWN UP.
MANY CAUGHT IN WRECK
HUNDREDS ENDANGERED BY WATER AND GAS MAINS BROKEN BY THE EXPLOSION.
Western Newspaper Union News Service
New York. --- Seven persons were killed and between eighty-five and one hundred others injured when a dynamite blast in a partly-constructed section of the Seventh avenue subway caused an entire block of pavement to cave in, engulfing a crowded trolley car, a heavy truck and many pedestrians.
Laborers at work in the excavation were buried under tons of debris. Seventy-eight persons, a considerable portion of them being women and girls on their was to business, were on the surface car which dropped thirty feet into the excavation and was partly buried under concrete, rails, heavy timbers, dirt and rocks.
The dynamite blast was set off almost directly under Seventh avenue and Twenty-fifth street, according to Chief Engineer JONES of the construction company. He told the fire commissioner that the blast had hurled a large rock against portions of the underpinning, knocking this away and allowing the pavement overhead and portions of the dirt sidewalks to collapse.
There were between seventy and eighty laborers in the excavation at the time of the accident. The accident occurred shortly before 8 o'clock and more than half of the injured were women and girls on their way to work.
The cave-in broke water and gas mains and within a few minutes after the accident heavy floods of gas and water threatened the lives of the 100 or more persons in the excavation.
Prompt work by city employes [sic] in shutting off the flow of water and gas in the broken mains put an end to this danger.
Range Ledger Colorado 1915-09-25