Lordsburg, NM Copper Mine Accident, Dec 1961

GAS IN COPPER MINE KILLS 1, 8 OVERCOME.

Lordsburg, N.M., Dec. 6 (AP) -- One miner was suffocated and eight men were overcome by gas 1,300 feet underground in a copper mine south of here Wednesday.
Dead was ISABEL BEJARANO, 35, of Lordsburg.
Hospitalized were:
VICTOR GARCIA.
RAMON REMTERIA.
BEN ARMABULA.
MARCELO VARGAS.
JESUS CHAVIRRA.
RUDY ESCOBAR.
MANUEL RAMIREZ.
the mine manager, F. M. BOWMAN.
Sheriff Hugh Pace said two of the miners set off a dynamite charge in the underfround shaft just before noon. The men went to lunch and when they returned set off another small charge.
Pace said fumes from the charges remained in the shaft instead of being drawn out through ventilation ducts. As men went into the shaft they were overcome.

Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1961-12-07