Peerless Engine Crashes Through Birmingham Bridge

A 1907 U-Class 18 HP Peerless engine is too much for a bridge over the LaMoine River

Aftermath of a bridge collapse
Aftermath of a bridge collapse: What appears to be a U-class Peerless steam engine lies in a broken heap after falling through the Birmingham Bridge in Birmingham, III., Aug. 24, 1912. It's interesting to note that the bridge had been declared unsafe prior to the collapse, and that workers assigned to make necessary repairs decided to leave the bridge alone, as they thought it still solid.