12/29/1876 - ASHTABULA, OHIO

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12/29/1876 - ASHTABULA, OHIO

Postby shlustig » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:27 am

This was the date of the famed Ashtabula Bridge Disaster on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern.

As #5 Pacific Express with 2 locomotives and 11 cars was traversing the bridge, the span fractured and collapsed. Only the lead engine and tender made it across.
The wood cars were equipped with coal stoves for heat, and the stoves burst on impact after the 65' drop to the river bed. Estimated deaths were 92 with at least 64 passengers injured.

There is a monument and communal grave in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery for which the LS&MS and NYC supposedly paid the maintenance fee.
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