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Pittsburgh, PA Railroad Bridge Collapses, Apr 1897



Pittsburg, April 5. -- The wooden span of the north end approach to the Ohio Connecting Railroad Bridge collapsed about 6 o'clock this morning, while a freight train was crossing, and the engine and thirteen cars were precipitated to McClure Avenue fifty feet below.

Fireman WILLIAM HAGGERTY was killed instantly, and Engineer WILLIAM GRAHAM so badly injured that he cannot recover. The engine was completely wrecked, and the cars, which were loaded with coal and iron, were entirely demolished. The loss will be very heavy.

The Ohio Connecting Bridge crosses the Ohio River at Wood's Run, and connects the Pan Handle and Fort Wayne Roads of the Pennsylvania Company.

The New York Times New York 1897-04-06

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