July 21, 1943: An emergency crew of 75 men worked on the Buzzards Bay railroad bridge after an oil barge bound from Boston to Bridgeport with 4,500 gallons of gasoline rammed the bridge side-on to lift the whole structure several inches. The oil barge signaled for the draw just about dawn. When the bridge did not open on signal, the barge could not stop against the current and rammed the truss. The failure of the draw to open was blamed on excavation for the new railroad bridge across the canal, which caused some slight settling of the old bridge.