Quebec, QC Bridge Disaster, Aug 1907

Quebec Bridge Disaster

GREAT BRIDGE FALLS DISASTER AT QUEBEC.

THE SOUTH SECTION OF IMMENSE STRUCTURE CRASHES INTO RIVER, TAKING WORKMEN WITH IT..

ABOUT FOUR SCORE PERISH.

Catastrophe Came Without Warning Just as the Men Were Quitting Work for the Day---Only a Few of the Ninety-Two Employed Reach Shore---Authorities Will Investigate in Attempt to Fix Responsibility.

(By Associated Press.)

Quebec, Que., Aug. 30.---With the first break of dawn half a dozen government and Quebec Bridge company tugs began a search of the St. Lawrence river for the victims of last night's catastrophe.

The roll of death caused by the collapse of the great cantilever bridge numbers at least seventy-five and many reach eighty-five. Up to an early hour today less than twenty bodies had been recovered.

The terrific drop of the great steel structure from 180 feet above the surface of the river crushed the bodies of many of the workmen in a frightful manner and it is feared many of them never will be found.

AMERICANS AMONG DEAD.

Many of the dead were Americans brought here by the Phoenixville, Pa., who had the contract for the iron work on the bridge.

Among the known dead are: B. A. GANSEL, general foreman for the Phoenix Bridge company; Chief Engineer BIRKS; Fireman DAVIS of the bridge switch engine; JOHN WHALLEY, foreman; JIM IDAH, Indian foreman; about thirty Caughnawaga Indians, employed as laborers; VICTOR, JAMES and HENRY HARDY, brothers, of New Liverpool, Que.; WILFRED PROULEX of New Liverpool, Que.; Zephrian LaFrance, Quebec.

Early this morning rowboats were sent out to examine the superstructure showing above the water near the shore to ascertain if any of the workmen were imprisoned in the mass of twisted iron work. None was found alive. Just below the surface of the water two bodies were seen, but it will be impossible to reach them until the tide goes out.

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