Dante, VA Coal Mine Explosion, May 1948

MINE EXPLOSION !

Dante, Va., May 20 (AP) -- Six miners were killed and four others injured in an explosion in the No. 2 mine of the Clinchfield Coal Company here tonight about 11:15 p.m. (est), mine officials reported.
Dispatcher J. M. Smith of the No. 2 mine attributed the blast to a sudden displacement of weight caused by a too-heavy excavation of coal. He said no explosion of gas was involved.
The blast occurred in corridor 19-L, which Smith said was between 3 1/2 and 4 miles underground in the mine.
The six who were killed, he said, were named:
VICKERS.
PARKS.
CREGER.
RASNICK.
PHILLIPS.
ARTRIP.
He did not know their first names.
The four who were hurt, Smith slated, were named:
HARDY.
POWERS.
PHILLIPS.
PHILLIPS.
All were from the Dante region.
The foreman on the section, he said, was Joe Rasnick, whom Smith believed was the father of one of the miners who was killed.
All of the miners were "buried alive," he said.
The mine is located in Russel County in southwest Virginia.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph West Virginia 1948-05-21