Allisonia, VA Quarry Explosion, Apr 1905
TEN KILLED AT PULASKI QUARRY.
PREMATURE EXPLOSION CAUSES DISASTER AT ALLISONIA.
EIGHT MEN ARE ALREADY DEAD.
TWO OTHERS SO BADLY INJURED THAT THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE OF THEIR RECOVERY -- ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHILE THE POWDER WAS BEING TAMPED -- VICTIMS WERE WORKING UNDER THE BLUFF AND HAD NO CHANCE TO ESCAPE -- DEBRIS BLOCKS RAILROAD.
Pulaski, Va., April 8. -- News has jut reached here of a premature explosion of dynamite at Ardway sone quarry on the Cripple Creek Road, fifteen miles from here, by which eight men were killed and two fatally injured. The railroad is buried under twenty feet of rock and dirt, and trains will be delayed forty-eight hours.
Several boxes of dynamite had been placed in a hole on the bluff which overlooks the railroad and were being tamped in with an iron rod insted of a tamping pole, which caused it to explode. The hole was being loaded to be put off after all trains for the day had passed.
The men killed were working under the bluff and had no chance to escape.
Roanoke, April 8. -- A special from Allisonia, Pulaski county, says:
While tamping powder in a blast this afternoon at the Ardway limestone quarry, in this county, about four miles west of Allisonia, the blast was accidently discharged. This caused the explosion of two other blasts that had been set near by, and a fearful accident followed. Eight men were instantly killed and two others so badly injured as to leave but little hope of their recovery.
The names of the victims are:
JOHN FORTNER, colored laborer.
WALTER MILLER, colored laborer.
JOHN HARRIS, colored laborer.
TOBE SUTTON, colored laborer.
O. DAVIS, colored laborer.
A. VAUGHN, colored laborer.
A. O. WALTON, white laborer.
The injured: TOM SAMPSON, colored; laborer; WILLIAM DALTON, white foreman, who was in charge of the gang of workman.
So far it is not certainly known if these are all of the victims, and it is feared that other bodies will be found in the debris when it is moved.
This quarry is operated by the Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company. The explosion occurred on a bluff projecting over the track of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, and the whole mass of earth and stone was precipitated upon it.
A wrecking car and force of about one hundred men has been sent by the railroad authorities to the scene to clear the track and the quarry force is lending assistance in getting the line open.
It is impossible at this time to secure the addresses of the dead and injured, but it is believed that the greater part of them are from this section.
An eastbound passenger train was behind the blockade and a train was run from Pulaski to the place and the passengers and mail transferred. The wounded men are being given the best attention possible.
Tazwell Republican Virginia 1905-04-13