Richmond, VA Bridge Collapses, Sep 1936
FOUR WPA WORKMEN DIE IN COLLAPSE OF BRIDGE IN VIRGINIA.
3 DIE WHEN TRUCK FALLS INTO CREEK; FIVE HURT IN ANOTHER CAR.
Richmond, Va., Sept. 1. (AP) - Four WPA workmen were killed and five injured late today when a highway bridge collapsed about five miles from Richmond in Chesterfield County.
Two white men died instantly when the span gave way beneath their truck and hurled them in the bottom of a 15-foot ravine. Another negro worker riding with them died three hours later in a Richmond Hospital.
Five others returning home from their day's work in another truck were injured, though none believed critically.
The dead, all of Richmond: FRANK M. KIRBY, 34; LUTHER CRUMPLER, 27, negro; LAWRENCE DAVIS, 18, and JOHN GRANT, negro.
The bridge spanned Falling Creek on State Route 10, a primary highway.
Commonwealth's Attorney M. A. Coghill and Dr. T. G. Pretlow, Chesterfield Coroner, said they would continue their investigation tomorrow in an effort to fix responsibility for the accident.
Meanwhile, the State Highway Department launched a separate examination of the wrecked structure at the direction of Highway Commissioner Henry G. Shirley.
The men, riding in two trucks, were returning to Richmond from work in Chesterfield County when the 25-foot steel and wood span gave way.
One machine was hurtled into the Falling Creek bed 15 feet below, killing its three occupants instantly. The other truck almost across, crashed into the concrete roadbed at the end of the bridge. All of the injured were passengers in this truck.
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