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Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster (1876) Options
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Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster (1876)

As the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway train plowed ahead through deep snow on December 29, 1876, a bridge over Ohio's Ashtabula River fractured with a loud crack, plunging every train car except the lead engine into the river about 70 ft (21 m) below. The wooden cars, equipped with kerosene lamps and stoves, became an inferno. Ninety-two people died, many burned beyond recognition. The accident initiated the standardization of bridge inspection. What became of the bridge's designers? More...
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What became of the bridge designers? "Amasa Stone committed suicide seven years later after experiencing financial difficulties with some foundries he had interests in, suffering from severe ulcers that kept him from sleeping and scorn from the public over the disaster.[citation needed]" Collins, the railroad engineer who was in charge but left matters to the president Amasa Stone, was probably murdered right after the accident.

One of the many early examples of the need for standards and codes in engineering and construction.
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safety standards may be one of the few bright spots in governance.
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