Hesperus, CO Coal Mine Explosion, Mar 1966

BLAST IN MINE KILLS 1; FEAR 2 OTHERS BURIED.

Hesperus, Colo. -- (AP) -- The body of one miner has been recovered and two others are believed buried under 10 feet of coal and debris left by an explosion Wednesday in a mine near this southwestern Colorado hamlet.
Rescuers found the body of JOE VALDEZ, about 45, more than 75 feet from the electric train he had been operating to haul coal cars.
Missing were REMIJLO GARCIA, about 46, and BEN LUCERO, about 40. They were the only other workers in the mine at the time of the blast. They were working about 1,800 feet from the mine mouth.
Officials said part of the tunnel would have to be shored up before digging could be undertaken to locate the other men.
This was Colorado's second fatal coal mine explosion within 90 days. A blast Dec. 28 took the lives of nine miners near Redstone.

Racine Journal Times Wisconsin 1966-03-03