1844 - FRIGHTFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
We learn from the Philadelphia Gazette of Saturday that the bridge on the Reading Railroad over Mill Creek near Manayunk, gave way on Friday morning as an upward train of thirty-five burden cars were passing it, followed by a complete wreck of the greater portion of the bridge and the almost total destruction of the cars, which fell through the bridge into the stream and road below. The locomotive had cleared the bridge within a few yards when the engineer discovered by its trembling motion that the structure was going. He instantly put on a full head of steam and succeeded in jumping off in safety. The frightful and destructive catastrophe took place the same instant. The tender went with the cras, and the locomotive having become detached preceeded at a furious speed to Norristown, and was not stopped until it had gone some distance beyond that place. Not a life most fortunately was lost, and the escape of the engineer was truly providential. The bridge was about eighty feet long and elevated about thirty feet.
August 6, 1844
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