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DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT THE NEW BLACKFRIARS BPTIBGE. A very serious occurrence, took place on the South- wark side of the new bridge now in course of construc- tion at Blackfriars, on Saturday. About 20 minutes to 10 o'clock in the morning a number of men, acting under the orders of Mr. Bryant, the engineer of the con- tractors for the construction of the bridge, were at work on the No. 3 pier from the Surrey side lowering a large iron caisson, weighing about 30 tons, into the bed of the river, when it suddenly swerved out of its place, and knocked two of the timber supports of the large plat- form aside, and a beam gave way and caused some boards to fall into the water. At the time four men were standing on the platform, and they were struck off. Two of the men in falling were thrown against the iron caisson, and they were seriously injured. The two other men fell into the water, and while they were in it the two first men fell off the caisson alongside them. All four were dreadfully bruised by a mass of floating timber in the river. Several men rushed to their assistance, and they were rescued. They were at once carried to Guy's Hospital. At the time of the catastrophe there were three groups of men at work on the top of the platform. The platform stands at a distance of about ;35 feet from the water. It rests on 13 large timber supports. Those supports are placed at equal distances from each other, and they are let into the bed of the river. The caisson to which the accident occurred was the sixth and last one of No. 3 pier. It was what is called a cutwater caisson, and it was about 20 feet in diameter. It was intended to have lowered it into the bed of the river for the purpose of allowing the men to work inside it while they were making the foundations of one of the new piers for the bridge. It was raised on to a wooden stage alongside the place where it was in- tended to lower it. It was then raised from its tem- porary resting-place by means of crabs and chains. When it had been lifted several feet it suddenly slipped, it is supposed owing to the breaking of the chain. The large caisson then knocked against two of the timber supports of the platform, and they were struck out of their place. A portion of the platform on which the four unfortunate men were standing then fell. No part of the platform on which the other two batches of men were at work gave way The report from Guy's Hospital was that the four men had been severely injured. They were all suffering from the effects of shock to the system caused by the fall into the water. Their names are :-Th,mas Cole, r. aged 2b, a labourer, lividg at iNo. Zv, .brunswicit-streeT;, Blackfriars, arm broken and body bruised Thomas Crowfield, aged 37, No. 14, John-street, Commercial- road, leg broken and shock to system George Bra- bazon, aged 35, 24, Carlton-cottages, Trinity-square, Borough, wound on head; and a fourth man, named Oranfield, died on Sunday from the injuries he received. Large crowds gathered during Saturday evening and Sunday on the temporary bridge at Blackfriars for the purpose of viewing the scene of the accident. — —

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