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'Tewksbury Incident' to be recounted at riverfront event on Saturday

An Ohio Street restaurant will mark the anniversary of the infamous “Tewksbury Incident” at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Local historian Gene Overdorf will lead the event at the Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., with a recounting of the memorable night in January 1959 when the lake freighter Michael K. Tewksbury knocked down the Michigan Avenue bridge, destroyed businesses and created an ice jam that flooded the streets of South Buffalo and cut power at Mercy Hospital.

The incident, considered one of the worst inland marine disasters in Great Lakes history, also blocked shipping traffic on the river and vehicular traffic on the bridge. The story will be chronicled through historical photos with audience members invited to participate.

Admission is $10, with food and drinks available for purchase.

Recalling a Buffalo disaster: 1959 Tewksbury freighter crash


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