Union County, IL Bridge Collapse, July 1974

HUTCHINS CREEK BRIDGE COLLAPSE ILLINOIS July 13 1974

BAD BRIDGE CAUSED FIRST ACCIDENT.

Union County, Illinois - A woman was killed Saturday in a bridge collapse in Union County, when the Hutchins Creek Road Bridge collapsed, calling attention again to a campaign against the county's unsafe bridges.
The bridge involved in the most recent collapse however, was not located on a public road, but on a road vacated more than a year ago by Road District 2A.
LINDA SUE ARNOLD, 19, of rural Jonesboro, died and four persons were injured when the bridge collapsed at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, under the weight of a tractor pulling a hayride wagon.
The bridge collapse Saturday follows the collapse of a 60-foot bridge almost two months ago in which a road grader operator was seriously injured.
CLYDE HENDERSON, 45, of Anna suffered broken legs in the mishap May 16, when his 20-ton grader fell through the bridge west of Jonesboro.
The steel trestle bridge with wooden planks and creosoted pilings, built between 1900 and 1910, collapsed shortly after a loaded school bus crossed it.
The timber pilings gave way when the grader was stopped on the bridge, Highway Supt. Loren Hinkle said.
The bridge was one of about 55 bridges posted unsafe following a survey of 20-foot or wider bridges required by the Federal Highway Administration.
Since the bridge collapse the county has changed its emphasis from summer road repairs to bridge repairs.
About 14 bridges have been repaired and resurveyed.

Southern Illinoisan Carbondale Illinois 1974-07-15