Spottsville, KY Railroad Bridge Collapses, Jan 1889

A BRIDGE ACCIDENT.

FOUR LIVES LOST BY THE COLLAPSE OF A BRIDGE AT SPOTTSVILLE, KY.

Evansville, Ind., Jan. 21. -- Details were received in this city of a railroad bridge accident at Spottsville, Ky., on the Green River, in which four people lost their lives. The bridge, which has just been completed for the new Louisville, St. Louis and Texas railway, was of the draw pattern. Owing to some difficulty between the railroad company and the contractors the latter secured an injunction Saturday prohibiting the railroad from using the bridge, and proceeded to remove all of the latter's rails, ties and other property from the bridge, which, it is claimed, weakened it to such an extent that it caved in Sunday, about 5 o'clock.
There were about twenty-five people on the bridge at the time. It is definitely known that four of them were precipitated into the water and drowned. The names of the killed are not obtainable and particulars are very meagre. The bridge in its fall came near crushing the steamer Gen. Dawes, which was just steaming out from Spottsville.

Atlantic Daily Telegraph Iowa 1889-01-21