Fairfield, CT Earth Cave-In At Dam, July 1901
KILLED BY A CAVE-IN
THREE BURIED ALIVE AND NINE INJURED IN A CUT IN CONNECTICUT.
Fairfield, Conn., July 16. -- A cave-in of earth and timbers at a cut made by workmen who were preparing for the foundation of the Uncowa Reservoir Dam, which is being built for the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company, killed three men and injured nine others, one of whom may die.
All the killed and injured were members of a gang of Italians in the employ of the contracting company. They were digging at the bottom of a cut twenty feet deep, the sides of which were braced with timbers resting on stone foundations, when they were suddenly overwhelmed by the collapse of one side of the cut, a section of the bank fifteen feet in length completely burying part of the crew. At 5 o'clock this afternoon three dead bodies had been dug from the mass of earth and rocks and timbers which filled the excavation, and nine others, more or less injured, had been accounted for.
The New York Times New York 1901-07-17