Nashville, TN Railroad Bridge Collapses, May 1889
THREE KILLED AND MANY HURT.
SEVENTEEN MEN DROPPED INTO A RIVER FROM A BURNING BRIDGE.
Nashville, Tenn., May 20. -- A terrible accident occurred on the Lebanon branch of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis railroad about nine miles from this city Saturday afternoon. The bridge across Stone River caught fire from a passing train. Seventeen men, two whites and fifteen negroes, who were working on the road near by, went to the bridge and took an engine on it for the purpose of extinguishing the fire with the water from the tender. The span gave way, carrying the men and engine into the river, fifty feet below. WILLIAM MORGAN, white, the engineer, received internal injuries. The fireman, CHARLES GRIBBLE, also white, had his leg broken and received other severe injuries, and three of the negro laborers were killed and six dangerously wounded.
Cedar Rapids Standard Iowa 1889-05-23