Lansford, PA Coal Mine Shaft Explosion, June 1952
4 DIE, 6 HURT BY EXPLOSION IN MINE SHAFT.
Lansford, Pa., June 27 (AP) -- Four antracite miners were killed and six injured today in an explosion at the No. 6 shaft of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Co.
Rescue workers found the fourth body tonight six hours after the blast.
The explosion, of undetermined origin occurred at 2 p.m., (EST), shortly after the night shift had begun operations. The dead miners were "rock men" who do the blasting of the hard coal in the shaft. The blast occurred in the No. 6 west level, lowest in the shaft, some 1,200 feet from the surface.
The last miner brought to the surface was PETER STAIVECKI, 26, of nearby Nesquehoning. His wife, Rose, is expecting their first baby.
Also killed were:
GENERRO DeMICHAEL, 31, Lansford.
ROBERT ENDY, of the Lewistown Valley section of Tamaqua.
ROBERT ROSENBAUM, 33, Summit Hill.
All three are married, DeMICHAEL and ROSENBAUM each have one son, ENDY is the father of twins.
The six injured were taken to Coaldale Hospital. There were no immediate reports of their condition.
PETER PAVLIS, 31.
JOE DeLAURETIS, 25.
SERFINA CATTIVERA, 36, all of Lansford.
JACOB HAAS, 36, of Lehighton.
JOHN SOMERS, of Summit Hill.
ROBERT MAHALICK, 30, of Summit Hill.
One man, WALTER MAGEE, 60, of Summit Hill, was brought up uninjured.
Probert said the cause of the explosion was not known but may have been the result of escaping gas or possibly the fall of material in the shaft. He explained the falling material causes a heavy wind that acts with typhoon-like force driving everything before it.
Probert said it was originally thought that two miners were missing but the second man did not report for work today.
Bradford Era Pennsylvania 1952-06-28