Photo courtesy of Mike Roegner
This bridge, consisting of 13 bents of trestle on the west end, two 60ft. spans, a 30ft. tower and a central span of 144 ft., was approached on each side by heavy grades. Four cars of a freight train, in going up one of these grades, broke off, the rear half running back down the grade. It was brought to a stop on the bridge and left standing with the brakes set. In this condition it was struck by another freight train. The bridge being in a sag, the speed of the second train was considerable, since the grade was operated as a momentum grade. By the sudden stopping of the second train, the brakes being set on the first train, the bridge was shoved forward allowing the rear end to drop off its pier, forming an incline down which the cars on the bridge rolled, smashing against the pier at the bottom. The missing section was replaced by a timber trestle. The entire bridge was replaced in 1902 by a two-span concrete culvert, currently carrying an access road to Danville Metal Stamping, and the CSX railroad on an earth embankment about 30 feet high.
References: Engineering News 1893, Volume 2, p. 159 - The Engineer, Volume 76, p. 265