rr bridge no. 127
CLOUDBURST Causad "Washout of Bridge No. 127, on Big Four Railroad. Owing to a washout at bride No. 127, two mile west of Lawrence burg Junction and about 3 miles from this city, TOO miles of the main road of the Big Four were blocked yesterday. It waa necessary to detour all I rains over the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Mt. Vernon and Lawrenceburg Junction. Tbe washout waa cauaed by the sudden rise of Tanner' Creek nd the tream tributary to It. During Wedneaday night the raina in that section of Indiana as sumed the proportion of a cloudburst, and by Thursday morning all the small streams had become raging torrenta. During the night It became evident that Bridge No. 12T waa weakening, and the only wet-bound train was stopped for fer that In thia condition the structure could not withstand the weight of a long cut of freight-laden cars. The passenger trains due from St. Louis snd Chicago in the mornliig were held at Guilford. Esrly in the morning, battered by the rock and debris that - were rushing down Tanner's Creek, Bridge No. 127. or the Newtown Bridge as It is sometimes 'called, begsn to aink. When the- waters receded hundreds of men were put to work repairing the battered atruoture. General Manager Schafl took hla office with him on hla private car and, accompanied by Chief Engineer Klttredge of Maintenance of Ways, camped st tbe scene of the trouble. From the Improvised telegraph office established In hla car he directed the detourlng of freight and passenger trains over the Baltimore and Ohio at North Vernon. The outgoing trains were detour ed at Lawrenceburg Junction. The White City special, which leaves st noon for Chicago, went toy way of Cambridge City and tha Peoria Division to Indianapolis. It la thought that it will take three or four daya . to repair the bridge. In the meanwhile' all trains will be routed as they wers yesterday.