C and O Tunnel Caves in Here: One Hundred Men Endangered

Title

C and O Tunnel Caves in Here: One Hundred Men Endangered

Description

On 2 October 1925, the Church Hill railway tunnel collapsed in Richmond, Virginia. Built by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1873, the tunnel had been unused for decades when, in 1925, the railroad sought to restore it to usable condition. The tunnel collapsed, with men and machinery inside, during this reclamation project.

This article from the Richmond Planet, the city's African American newspaper, describes the trapping of a locomotive and the fatal burying several people, including an engineer, a fireman, and several "colored" workmen. The article states that of the more than 100 people endangered by the collapse, some had been saved, though efforts to rescue all workers who were trapped under the cave were ultimately unsuccessful.

Creator

The Richmond Planet

Source

The Richmond Planet, 10 Oct. 1925

Date

10 02 1925

Contributor

Collin Rogers

Format

Print

Type

Text

Coverage

1900-1999

Files

History 499 file.PNG

Citation

The Richmond Planet, “C and O Tunnel Caves in Here: One Hundred Men Endangered,” Disaster History Archive, accessed November 20, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/76.

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