Excelsior, AR Coal Mine Explosion, May 1942

BLAST IN MINE FATAL TO FIVE.

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ARKANSAS.

Fort Smith, Ark., Mary 12 (AP) -- Five miners were killed and two other were seriously injured in an explosion late yesterday at the Peerless Coal Co. mine at Excelsior, 15 miles southwest of here.

Those killed were:
GEORGE YOUNG, 53.
ARTHUR BAGGETT, 32.
NEWT DURHAM, 32.
A. W. HANN, 50, all of Greenwood, Ark.
Seriously burned were:
HARRIS McALLISTER, 30, of Greenwood.
TONY FARRANTE, 35, of Excelsior.

W. H. Lewis of Greenwood, president of the mining company, said the accident apparently was caused by the explosion of gas or dust. He said the five had been killed instantly. The explosion occurred about 1,500 feet underground in thiss western Arkansas slope mine.

Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1942-05-12