Chilliwack, BC Bridge Collapse, Feb 1924


VANCOUVER, B. C. Feb. 12.--Twenty-three passengers were injured when a bridge over the Fraser river at Chilliwack, B.C., seventy miles east of here, collapsed as an eastbound Canadian National train was passing over it at midnight. A flood in the river had weakened the structure.

Trainmen and Passengers Hurt.

J. Hartford, conductor, T. H. Scott of the Dominion fisheries service, and Thomas King were severely hurt, said dispatches received here today from Chilliwack. Passengers threw themselves into the work of rescue. It took two hours, related the messengers, to pull all of the injured from the debris. Eighteen of those hurt were listed as trainmen and five as passengers.

Fraser River Valley Flooded

Although late, the train was proceeding cautiously, Canadian National officials here declared. The locomotive and one car were on the bridge as the span fell. Ae{sic} second car was dragged onto the top of the wreck.

The entire Fraser river valley was today reported afflicted with floods.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 12 Feb 1924