Carbondale, PA Slate Fall In Mine, Jan 1846
THE ACCIDENT AT CARBONDALE.
We have some further details relative to the accident in the coal mines at Carbondale, of which we gave a short account on Wednesday. The Wayne Co. Herald, published in the immediate vicinity, says:
On Monday an immense mass of slate, about seven acres in extent, fell from the roof of one of the mines of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, at Carbondale, upon the workmen below.
The spot where the slate fell, was a mile from the mouth of the mine. Three persons were taken out seriously injured, one of whom, a boy, died soon after the accident. Of the others, hopes are entertained of their recovery.
The boy who died was riding a horse at the time of the accident, and is supposed to have been pulled by the force of the air rushing toward the mouth of the mine -- the horse was also killed. The other persons who were taken out were also injured by the rushing of the air. About one hundred and fifty men who were at work mining, some distance from the place of the accident, escaped -- but horrible to relate, fifteen persons, who were at work propping up the mines, were either crushed instantly or are walled in without any hope of becoming rescued, as it will take weeks to remove the immense mass of slate which has fallen in; and yet, if alive, will be compelled to die one of the most horrible of all deaths -- that of starvation. We have been furnished with the names of the missing persons -- four of whom have families.
They are as follows:
a son of Widow BRENNIN.
We are informed upon good authority, that this accident will not retard the operations of the Company.
One of the fifteen above mentioned, however, has been fortunate enough to escape uninjured, after an incarceration of forty eight hours. MR. HOSEY, the one alluded to, was formerly a resident of New York, and has been for some time an overseer in the mines. The following letter, copied from the Courier & Enquirer, details the method by which he escaped:
Carbondale, Jan. 14, 1846.
MR. JOHN HOSEY came out of the mines this morning, not having received serious injury, except that he has cut and lacerated his hands by working his way through the rocks and slate during forty-eight hours.
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