Dick Wetherby

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
September 14, 1899, page 1
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Bridge Gave Way.
A Train Was Wrecked and Four Men Killed.

Columbia, S. C., Sept. 10 – Last night 200 feet of trestle on the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens road over Broad River, near this city, gave way under a trainload of granite.  Several cars and an engine fell fifty feet into the water.  The following were killed:

Engineer Dick Wetherby of Columbia.
Silas Rennick, fireman, of Greenville, S. C.
Stewart Martin, a negro, of Alston, S. C.
Unidentified man with head severed from body.

William Bates, an extra fireman, went down with the wreck, but was dug out from under tons of granite without even a scratch.  James Watson, superintendent of explosives at the granite quarry, jumped from the train and landed fifty feet below unhurt.  The bridge had just been completed, and only yesterday was pronounced in first-class condition.


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