Lilly Bridge 1948
Tommy Lilly

United States

#1 Dec 4, 2009
Collapse Of Bluestone Bridge 1948


#2 Jan 4, 2010
This happened while under construction, right?

Princeton, WV

#3 Jan 4, 2010
Danny wrote:
This happened while under construction, right?
Yes, I can remember my Mother and I sliding down over the bank to stand on the edge of the water as rescue efforts took place. The National Guard, and probably private boats were trying to recover bodies--I don't remember how many lost their lives, but I think there was one or more trapped under the wreckage that they never recovered. It was quite a colossal accident to occur in Hinton, and I don't remember hearing what they blamed the collapse on specifically. Several years later, when we'd water ski on the lake, I never would be pulled down that way because I would think of that tragedy, and it just felt bad.
Tommy Lilly

Shreveport, LA

#4 Jan 4, 2010
Danny wrote:
This happened while under construction, right?
YES; as a steel erector and crane operator for 35 yrs.i can say at that time all bridges was of box girder design,the span will support its self,as long as all the rivets,braces,ect. are tight,and there is not to much weight on the end of the cantlivered end, they used a stiff leg derrick on the structure to erect the steel, they were within feet of reaching the next pier,and they must of had too much weight on the very end of the structure,steel,kegs of rivets, rivet ovens,kegs of bolts and the structure buckled,twisted and fell into bluestone river.they used bolts just to connect the steel until they replaced them with rivets{rivets had to be red hot,and 1 person threw the red hot rivets with a pair of tongs up to another person who caught in a can w/ handle and they used tongs to get them out and stick them in the holes then the riveter had a air tool to drive the rivet and the person on the other side of rivet used a bucking air tool to form the back head of rivet.back then bolts and rivets were made of mild steel,today we use high strength steel bolts,and are tightened to a spec. torque.just like the bridge into hinton i worked on it from july 1975,we used 1in.high strength bolts,for shear factors,we had 1 40' trailer full of bolts.
Froggy Lover

Saint Albans, WV

#5 May 23, 2014
Now they're trying to build a new brige right beside the old one, and they're also taking alot of the mountain-side out to put a new road there. And it's pretty scary with the new stilts beside the bridge!

Severn, MD

#6 Jun 1, 2014
Would someone down there give us an update on this situation? When is the new bridge supposed to be in place? Much needed to insure the safety of everyone who drives route 20 in tha area. It is so hard to believe it has been so many years since the span broke when they were erecting the original bridge,,,,,,,,,.

Fayetteville, WV

#7 Jun 1, 2014
From the report I received they are also putting in a new road down to the pit area.....that entrance road will be from the road heading out toward the Park instead of where it is now.

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