September 15 Structural Failures and Structural Engineering History - An Engineer's Aspect


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September 15 Structural Failures and Structural Engineering History

The Herald, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Saturday, September 16, 1899


VIENNA, Sept. 15--The Danube is still rising and is now 471 centimetres [sic] above normal level. A despatch from Gnunden, on the river Traun, upper Austria, says the iron bridge over the Traun collapsed today while twenty men were engaged in endeavoring to strengthen it. Nineteen men were drowned.

Concrete mixer at diversion dam headworks, September 15, 1910

Construction photographs of the White River Power Plant, a hydroelectric facility on the White River, built by the Pacific Coast Power Company, 1909-1911. This company was acquired by Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power Company in 1912.

Caption on photograph: Concrete mixer at headworks, J.O 397, no. 143, 9-15-10.

Source: University of Washington.

The Charleroi Mail, Charleroi, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Monday, September 15, 1930.

Five Injured In Bridge Collapse Near River View

A foreman and four workmen were injured in the collapse of a bridge on the Elrama-New Eagle road this morning at eight o'clock. They were at work building forms for concrete when the structure collapsed without warning precipitating them about 30 feet to the ravine below.

The injured are Homer J. Piper, 26, Monongahela, foreman, and Wayne Kelly, 32, and Frank Dean, 26, of Crookham, Don Beiber, 18, of Connellsville and William Brandon, 29, of Victory Hill.

Kelly and Dean were taken to the Monongahela Memorial hospital as were also Piper and Beiber. The latter two were discharged, however, after their injuries were treated.

The Morning Herald, Hagerstown, Maryland, Monday, September 16, 1935.


Speculator, N.Y., Sept. 15 (AP)--Fifteen were injured, two seriously, today when ringside bleachers at Max Baer's training camp collapsed plunging 300 fight fans into a mass of tangled wreckage.

Most seriously hurt were William Meiz, 65, of Salisbury Center, N.Y., shock and a possible fractured shoulder, and Mrs. Donald Burch, 41, of Lake George, N.Y., undetermined internal injuries and severe shock.

Thirteen others suffered minor injuries and were able to leave for their homes with the assistance of friends and relatives.

The collapse of the bleachers came just as Baer began an afternoon workout with sparring partners in preparation for his coming heavyweight fight with Joe Louis, Detroit's "Brown Bomber."

Baer stopped his workout momentarily but resumed it when it was apparent that camp workers and persons in the crowd who were unhurt were caring for the injured.

The Bridgeport Post, Tuesday, September 16, 1947.


MIDVALE, Utah, Sept 16 (AP) The roof on the West Jordan Junior High school collapsed yesterday afternoon less than five minutes after an alert teacher had noticed it sagging and sounded a fire drill alarm.

Nearly 400 students marched to safety and were standing in the school yard when the roof fell in. None was hurt.

Sixty-five students were in the school auditorium for a music class when their teacher, Lowell Hicks, heard "a cracking noise" and ordered them outdoors in the belief an earthquake was beginning.

Hicks then sounded the fire alarm and the entire student body marched out in formation. Within five minutes the entire auditorium roof fell in, D. K. Michaelson, director of pupil personnel in the district superintendents office said.

The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, West Virginia, Wednesday Evening, September 15, 1954.

Drug Store Collapse Buries 3

Rescuers Dig; Owner Saved

FLORA, Ill. (UP)--A drug store collapsed here today, burying at least three persons in the ruins.

Rescue workers began digging into the debris in an effort to reach Carroll Thomas, 19, and Jerry Savage, 18, employes of the Throgmorten-Powless Drug Store, and C. R. Leak, a carpenter who was working in the building.

The rescuers were unable to make any contact with the men.

Cecil Powless, co-owner of the store, escaped when the building collapsed. Fallen beams held debris off John Throgmorton, and he was rescued.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Wednesday, September 16, 1959.

Factory Wall Collapse Causes Injury to 40

HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP)--A factory wall cracked, then collapsed on 75 terrified clothing workers Tuesday, showering them with plaster and water from a sprinkler system.

About 40 employes of the Modern Clothing Co. were injured, but only one was hospitalized. Police said an excavation next to the plant apparently undermined the cinderblock rear wall.

The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan, Monday, September 15, 1969.

Stands Collapse At Bull Running

LISBON, Portugal (AP)--A steel platform erected for spectators to see the running of the bulls in the village of Moita do Ribatejo collapsed today, plunging hundreds of persons to the ground.

Police reported some persons were killed "but we do not know how many." They said nearly 200 were injured.

The Post, Frederick, Maryland, Friday, September 15, 1978.

Fire log

Fire calls reported during the past 24-hour period ending at 10 p.m. In case of emergency, dial--

I-70 MOTOR INN, 2:17 a.m., building fire, general alarm.

WEST PATRICK STREET, 8:08 a.m., hot wires, Uniteds responded.

CENTER STREET, 7:30 p.m., building collapse, Uniteds, Independents, Citizens, Juniors, Carroll Manor and Middletown ambulances responded.


MYERSVILLE VFW, 9 12 a.m., transfer one engine, Middletown responded.



The Daily Herald, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, September 16, 1997.

Roof Collapse Kills Worker

FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania (AP)--A roof collapsed as construction workers were installing trusses beneath it at a trash collection business, killing a carpenter and injuring three other workers.

Frederick H. Doyle, 23, of Polk was crushed Monday when the trusses fell and pinned him to the ground, said Venango County Coroner John Greggs.

The roof fell at Constable Refuse in Sugarcreek Borough outside Franklin, 50 miles south of Erie. Three carpenters and their supervisor were on top of the building, installing 21 30-foot trusses as they converted the roof from flat to peaked.

"For some reason the trusses got loose, and they fell like dominoes," Greggs said.

Jerrod Cratty, 20, of Franklin also was pinned face down, Greggs said. He was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital where he was in critical condition Monday night. Two others, supervisor William Cummings and Debbie Snyder, had minor injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration bureau in Erie was investigating, said Dave Stewart, a Department of Labor spokesman in Philadelphia.

The Sunday Capital, September 16, 2001.

4 die in bridge collapse

PORT ISABEL, Texas (AP)--A group of barges smashed a 240-foot section out of the only bridge leading to popular South Padre Island early yesterday, and at least four people died after their vehicles plunged into the water 85 feet below.

An unknown number of people were missing. Thirteen were rescued from the Laguna Madre, part of the Intracoastal Waterway shipping route along the Gulf Coast, and three were hospitalized.

Five vehicles were located in the 50-foot-deep water and divers took pictures of their license plates for identification, said Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu. The sheriff said as many as 10 vehicles could be in the water.

Rhonda Fife stood near the four-lane bridge yesterday afternoon and said she had not heard from her 18-year-old daughter, Tiffany, since she went to the island with friends late Friday.

"Nobody called and they always call," said Ms. Fife, her voice trembling.

Michael Burke, whose two sons had gone out with Tiffany, anxiously waited with Ms. Fife.

"I just want to know here my kids are at. I hope they're all right and just can't call me," Mr. Burke said.

Recovery efforts were suspended late yesterday afternoon when the third 80-foot section of the bridge collapsed, said Adrian Rivera, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. The search will resume this morning.

The Coast Guard was notified around 2:30 a.m. that the tug Brown Water V and its four barges, loaded with coiled steel and phosphate, had struck the 2.37-mile-long span, the longest bridge in Texas. None of the cargo spilled.

The crash dropped two adjacent 80-foot segments of the Queen Isabella Causeway into the channel near the center of the span.

The tug operator was questioned and passed a sobriety test, officials said.

Three people died at the scene, and a fourth died at a hospital. One victim was identified as Port Isabel Fire Marshal Robert Harris, said Desi Najera, an emergency management coordinator.

One man was hospitalized in guarded condition, and two of the injured were in good condition.

The state hired two boats to serve as ferries, and was considering bringing a state-owned vehicle ferry from Corpus Christi, said Randall Dillard of the Texas Department of Transportation.

South Padre Island has 2,000 permanent residents, and island hotels were about 70 percent booked for the weekend. Most tourists on the island came to celebrate Mexico's Diez y Seis de Septiembre independence day.

In addition, thousands of volunteers had been expected yesterday to help with beach cleanup, part of Adopt-A-Beach day, said local home builder Clayton Brashear.

The island is a Spring Break mecca, when crowds of up to 200,000 students stay on the island or in nearby cities.

The barges were owned by American Commercial Lines LLC of Jeffersonville, Ind., and were being pushed by a tugboat owned by Brown Water Marine Services Inc. of Rockport, said American Commercial assistant vice president Jim Adams.

They were loaded in Brownsville and destined for Tennessee, Adams said.

Officials of Brown Water Marine Service did not return repeated telephone calls from The Associated Press.

This is the implosion of Kodak building 50 on Sept. 15, 2007 at 7 AM.