Bristol, CT Railroad Bridge Collapses, Feb 1896

SIX WORKMEN DROWNED

MANY OTHERS WERE INJURED BY THE FALL OF FORESTVILLE BRIDGE.

THE STORM CENTRE NOW IN MAINE.

PART OF THE PELHAMVILLE DAM TORN AWAY -- THE TARRYTOWN RESERVOIR BURSTS -- BRIDGE WASHED AWAY AT WOODLAND.

Hartford, Conn., Fe. 7. -- Probably but six were drowned by the falling of the railroad bridge across the Pequabuck River, between Forestville and Bristol, last night. Those who went down with the bridge, and were undoubtedly drowned, were:
COSTELLO, CHARLES, of Hartford.
CURRY, MARTIN, of New Britain.
O'BRIEN, DANIEL J., section foreman.
MACK, JAMES, of New Britain.
McCARTY, PATRICK, of New Britain.
RICCI, NICOLI, of East Hartford.
O'BRIEN'S body was recovered last night, and this morning three other bodies were recovered as they were floating past the Forestville Station. Two were those of CURRY and RICCI. The other was not identified.
Section Foreman WILLIAM F. BARRY of East Hartford will die. He has several broken ribs, and his body is badly bruised and cut. He has also apparently received internal injuries. Four or five of the other men rescued are in bad shape, through the shock and exposure. NICOLO TILLI of East Hartford is one of those most badly injured, but will probably recover.
The bridge where the disaster occurred is known at Healy's Bridge, and it is just above the rolling mill at Forestville. The rainstorm undoubtedly loosened the structure. The 4:45 P. M. train for Hartford yesterday, in passing over, caused the bridge to sink three feet in the middle, breaking the train air pipe, brakes, and coupling. The engine went across all right, but had to chain the cars to draw them off the bridge. The passengers walked over. Then the section hands, about twenty of them, went out to put in a new iron bridge which was waiting to be placed. They removed the rails, and as they did so the bridge gave way.

The New York Times New York 1896-02-08