Pittsburg, PA Carnegie Tunnel Cave In, Aug 1898
EIGHT LABORERS KILLED.
FIVE OTHERS INJURED, TWO OF WHOM WILL DIE.
UNDER A MASS OF ROCKS.
TERRIBLE DISASTER AT THE CARNEGIE TUNNEL ON THE PANHANDLE RAILROAD NEAR PITTSBURG -- MEMBERS OF A CONTRACTOR'S GANG BURIED ALIVE BY THE WALLS FALLING IN.
Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 23. -- Eight men were killed, possibly ten, and five more injured, two fatally, at the Carnegie tunnel on the Chartiers division of the Panhandle Railway at 10:40 last night. The accident was due to the wall of the tunnel caving in on a number of workmen.
The dead are:
JOHN JONES, foreman, married, and lived at Ashton, Va.
FELIX MILLS, laborer, married, lived at Glendale, Va.
Six unknown, all foreigners.
Five men were injured, one of them a negro, unknown, who was removed to the West Penn Hospital in a dying condition. One of the others is also expected to die. The men were part of a gang of sixty-eight employed by Caspar Paria, a contractor, from Columbus, Ohio. They were engaged in tearing down the tunnel on the Chartiers Valley branch of the Panhandle Railroad about five miles from this city. The men were preparing to pull down the west wall of the tunnel, had fixed a rope for this purpose, and were preparing to drill some holes in it for blasting.
Suddenly the wall fell over on them. Every man standing at the end of the big excavation was buried alive. Seven of the men were taken out dead. The others are yet unaccounted for and are supposed to be under the great pile of rock.
Evening Times Washington District of Columbia 1898-08-23