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Bridge Worker’s Body Recovered

(Note: the following story is shown exactly as it appeared in 1956)

Rappahannock Record
Kilmarnock, Virginia
August 2, 1956

The body of a construction worker who was killed Monday of last week when a caisson for the Rappahannock River bridge suddenly sank into the river bottom was recovered late Wednesday afternoon. 

The body of Desso Montgomery (Colored), 40, of Suffolk was found partially submerged in mud at the bottom of the caisson after water had been pumped from the caisson’s six wells.

The accident also claimed the life of Fred Douglas, 54, of Muldrow, Okla., an assistant superintendent for the Diamond Construction Company. Douglas was alive when taken from the caisson but died before he reached shore on a tug boat.

Luther Wilson (Colored) of Irvington is still confined to his home but is reported to be recovering from head injuries and shock sustained when he was trapped inside the caisson as it sank without warning about 25 feet deeper into the river bottom within seconds. He was the only local man among the six in the caisson at the time of the mishap.

Construction work on the caisson was resumed Thursday morning. Work on other phases of the bridge construction had not been interrupted.

posted 08.21.2008

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