Cascade Mountains, WA Tunnel Collapse, Nov 1928
3 LIVES LOST IN TUNNEL.
AVALANCHES BURY GREAT NORTHERN WORKERS UNDER TONS OF ROCK -- FIVE OTHERS SUSTAIN INJURIES.
Seattle, Nov. 9. -- (AP) -- Two separate avalanches at the Great Northern tunnel under construction in the Cascade mountains took a death toll of three men and injured five, one seriously, yesterday, it was learned today when the injured arrived at a Seattle hospital.
GUS THOMAS, 30, Kellogg, Idaho, mucker boss.
PETE KOBICH, 30, Denver, Colo., laborer.
J. S. ROBERTS, 47, Address unknown, laborer.
ANDREW WILSON, 30, Leer, Mich., internal injuries, condition serious.
G. P. SMITH, 26, Denver, serious cuts and bruises.
BARNEY RAY, Waverly, Ohio, severe cuts.
JOSEPH O'NEILL, 19, address unknown, cuts and bruises.
The first slide occurred yesterday morning in the Mill Creek section, two miles eastward inside the tunnel from the west portal at Scenic. THOMAS, ROBERTS, SMITH, O'NEILL and WILSON were working in the bore when tons of rock fell from the walls and roof burying the entire party.
Rescue crews rushed to their assistance and had the men uncovered within ten minutes, reports from the contractor's office state THOMAS was killed instantly by a huge boulder, ROBERTS, lived to reach the Seattle hospital where he died today.
Just four and one half hours later a similar slide occurred within a few feet of the portal at Scenic.
The avalanche was smaller and the injured extricated with less difficulty. KOBICH was crushed by rock and is thought to have died instantly.
Investigations to determine the cause of the two accidents were in progress today by railroad officials and officers of the contracting firm.
Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1928-11-09