Midvale, PA Runaway Mine Cars Accident, May 1908
'NEATH TONS OF COAL SEVEN ARE CRUSHED; FOUR MINERS KILLED.
RESCUE PARTY RELEASES THREE BY HEROIC WORK.
FATAL ACCIDENT IN COLLIERY NEAR WILKES-BARRE.
TIMBER PROPPING STRUCK BY TRIP OF RUNAWAY CARS.
SUPPORTS OF INSIDE WORKINGS WEAKEN AND WHEN MEN ENTERED TWO FALLS OF ROOF CAME DOWN IN QUICK SUCCESSION.
By Associated Press.
Wilkes-Barre, May 13. -- A trip of runaway cars jumped the track this afternoon in the Prospect colliery at Midvale and disturbed the propping. Seven men started to the spot to put the cars back when two falls of roof came down on them in quick succession. All were caught. Four men were killed almost instantly by being buried beneath tons of rock and coal, the others were released by the heroic efforts of several miners who came to their rescue.
The dead are:
MARTIN DEGNAU, miner, aged 45 years, of Wilkes-Barre. Leaves wife and nine children.
ANDREW WASKO, timberman, aged 40 years, of Midvale. Leaves wife and two children.
PETER ZUNSKI, driver, aged 20 years, of Plymouth. Single.
PAUL BOZENT, miner, aged 35 years, of Brookside. Leaves wife and two children.
ANTHONY SMITH, aged 23 years, car runner, of Wilkes-Barre. Single.
JOSEPH MUTCHKO, aged 20 years, driver, of Wilkes-Barre, taken to hospital in dying condition.
MICHAEL LITEZAKI, aged 18 years, of Wilkes-Barre, broken leg.
The mine is one of the oldest in this valley, owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Coal company.
Daily Gazette and Bulletin Williamsport Pennsylvania 1908-05-14