Springfield, PA Railroad Bridge Collapses Under Train, July 1901

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BRIDGE COLLAPSES; 9 KILLED.

ACCIDENT ON THE NICKEL PLATE RAILROAD, NEAR SPRINGFIELD, PENN.

Springfield, Penn., July 11. -- Nine men were killed as the result of the collapse of a Nickel Plate Railroad bridge, which was undergoing repairs here. The accident occurred while a local freight train, bound west, containing two cars of stone to be left at the bridge, went through it.
The entire train, with its crew and a gang of workmen on the bridge, were carried down in the wreck. P. A. MOORE of Conneaut, the conductor, was instantly killed. The others killed were unknown Italian laborers.
The structure was thought to be unsafe, and the men were fillling in the ravine which it spanned. The train had backed on to the bridge. Three cars loaded with broken rock were standing on the span, ready to be dumped. Conductor MOORE was on one of the cars, while the crew of workmen was waiting underneath to level the stone as it was dropped. Without a warning the bridge gave way, and the three cars with their heavy loads were hurled into the gully, a distance of about eighty feet. Fifteen minutes before the bridge collapsed a heavy passenger train had rushed over it.

The New York Times New York 1901-07-12

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ANOTHER FRIGHTFUL RAILROAD CASUALTY.

NINE MEN KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON NICKLE PLATE.

COLLAPSE OF A BRIDGE.

AT SPRINGFIELD, THIS STATE, WAS THE CAUSE -- BODIES AND INJURED TAKEN TO CONNEAUT, OHIO.

Cleveland, O., July 11. -- According to information given out this afternoon at the headquarters of the Nickle Plate road here, nine men were killed as the result of the collapse of a bridge at Springfield, Pa., today while a westbount local freight train was passing over the structure.
The bridge was being repaired. When the locomotive went down, a gang of Italian laborers, working beneath the bridge, were caught in the wreck.
At least seven of the Italians were instantly killed and a number of others badly injured.
P. A. MOORE of Conneaut, the conductor of the train, was also instantly killed.
The wrecked bridge is located seven miles east of Conneaut, O. It spanned a gully eighty feet deep.
The bodies of the dead have been taken to Conneaut.
The bridge that collapsed was thought to be unsafe and the laborers were filling in the ravine which it spanned. The train had backed onto the bridge. Three cars loaded with broken rock were standing on the span ready to be dumped. Conductor MOORE was on one of the cars, while the crew of workmen was waiting underneath to level the stone as it was dropped. Without a moment's warning the bridge gave way. The three cars with their heavy loads were hurled into the gulley, a distance of about eighty feet. Into the very midst of the workmen the train tumbled and many were crushed into shapeless masses.
Fifteen minutes before the bridge collapsed a heavy passenger train had rushed over it.
Following is a list of the killed and injured:
The Dead.
PHIL A. MOORE, conductor, Conneaut, O.
GEO. SWARTZ, laborer, North Springfield, Pa.
JOHN CEPOS, laborer, Cleveland.
FRANK KRUZO, laborer, Buffalo.
Five Italian laborers, names unknown.
The Injured.
J. J. McDERMOTT, brakeman, Ashtabula, jaw broken, badly bruised.
CARL RANDALL, laborer, West Springfield, Pa., arm broken.
J. R. BECKWITH, gang boss, Buffalo, hip smashed, injured internally.
Five Italian laborers, names unknown, badly hurt.

The Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1901-07-12