Lead: On December 26, 1876 the bridge over the creek at Ashtabula, Ohio collapsed under the weight of a passenger express train. 83 persons died immediately in the wreck which resulted from a faulty bridge design.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: During the middle of the nineteenth century, iron was the material of choice in the construction of railroad bridges, but after the collapse of several iron bridges, its reliability came under fire. The fatal collapse at Ashtabula was one of the most notorious incidents of structural bridge failure in the history of rail travel.

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