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 - The Ernst Bridge Calamity Verdict of the...
The Ernst Bridge Calamity Verdict of the Corener'a Jury. Herman Buckmaa. John Frank, Michael Simon, Michael Kraus, John Podesta, Kdward-Mejer and Jacob Wirt, were duly sworn yesterday, at the Coroner's office, in the late catastrophe at Ernst Bridge. Tbeir testimony con obot airs that already given by tbe other witnesses the two days previous of tbs examination. The Assistant City Engineer, Mr. Jacob W irt, testified as follows: 1 have not examined tbe bridge closely, and would net venture an opinion upon it; I should have built n moch heavier bridge above tbe stone work: I examined tbe aorta-east side atler it had been pointed out to me; 1 don t know how it was barricaded at the time of the accident, bnt it seems to me that tbe spaa between the arches are detrctive, aad ought to be better closed up; as lor the bridge itself; I consider it safe enough for people to travel ever. Question by Coroner Who do you tblnk otifcfct to be blamed, if an accident of tbe kind happened? A. In my judgment, those who had the coa trolovrrita conslnif-tion had dooe all they thought was necessary for safety. Q. If persons charged te be stationed by the proper authorities happ. n to be away, or neglect their dnty by leaving the station, who should be made responsible? A. I have no doubt tbat the persons employing such persons should be held responsible. - Q. Is it not customary to station s watchman in places where buildings of the hind are done? A. We don't plans watchmen during tbe day, only at night. Moreover, there is plenty of room for general travel on the bridge that ia, ons vehicle after another. Q. Have you ever found a hols en the north-east corner of the bridge? A I have not noticed this morning; it is hardly possible to get near the holes in this way as I have described. Herman Buckmann said that be was engaged to carry a passenger somewhere over the bridge, and that when near the bridge the wagon containing tbe unfortunate person passed him, and would have landed salely -on the other side of tbe bridge if the driver had been any way careful, having as much as twenty feet to spare between him and tbe bole. The jury then went into consnltation, and after earetul deliberation, gave the following rerdict : , Lena Wiegand cams to her death through extreme haste and want of skill on tbe part of tbe person driving, aid partly from neglect of tbe persons to charire of the bridge. We are further of tbe opinion that ample provisions should be made in establishing proper regulations as to safety of bridges for public traveL Fred. Oechsle came to his death through bis own haste and want of skill ia driving, and partly from neglect of those in charge of the bridge.

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 13 Sep 1867, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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