Eden, PA Bridge Collapses, Sept 1929


Lancaster, Pa., Today -- (AP) -- The collapse of a highway bridge, the second such accident in this county in the last eleven days, resulted early today in the death of one man and the probable fatal injury of a negro.
ALEXANDER JAMISON, 35, of 1217 South 31st Street, Philadelphia, was killed instantly, and ROSLER WEAVER, 32, negro, of 222 Chestnut Street, Camden, N.J., was probably fatally injured.
The two men were riding on a truck which was carrying a heavy gasoline road roller. As the truck attempted to negotiate the sharp curve in approaching the two-span steel girder bridge at Eden, four miles northwest of this city on the New Holland pike, it skidded and struck an abutment. The machine righted itself and rolled onto the nearer span. As the full weight of the truck was placed on the span it collapsed and the machine slipped backwards, falling forty feet to the Conestoga Creek. JAMISON was instantly killed and the truck was demolished.
Employes of the Eden Paper Mill near the collapsed bridge, rushed to the scene and removed the injured man from the wreckage and rushed him to a hospital in this city. Eden firemen brought ropes with which they removed JAMISON'S body from the wreckage. His body was brought to an undertaking establishment in this city.
The accident occurred in the midst of an investigation into collapse of the Reading highway bridge on August 25 in which one man was killed and seven were injured when three cars were catapulted to the railroad tracks below.
The New Holland road, a toll road, has been used by many motorists because of a detour on the main highway between Philadelphia and Reading. State Police and state highway patrolmen were at the scene soon after the crash to deflect traffic away from the collapsed bridge.

Lebanon Semi-Weekly News Pennsylvania 1929-09-05