Westernport, MD Mine Cars Collide Underground, Jan 1909

FOUR KILLED IN CRASH.

FOUR FATALLY HURT IN COLLISION ON INCLINED ROAD.

DISASTER AT MARYLAND MINE.

ELEVEN OTHER MINERS BRUISED -- MOTOR WITH HUMAN FREIGHT RUNS INTO COAL-LADEN CAR, HEAD-ON -- BOY SWITCH-TENDER THOUGHT HE HAD SET SWITCH PROPERLY -- BELIEF IT WAS TAMPERED WITH.

Special to The Washington Post.
Westernport, Md., Jan. 25. -- Four men killed , a dozen injured, and miraculous escape for several more was the result of a collision this morning on the incline road, half a mile long, leading to Washington Mine No. 5 of the Piedmont and Crogue Creek Coal Company, at Franklin just east of this place.
The dead:
CLEAVER KNIGHT, carpenter, Westernport, Md.
WILLIAM HAMILTON, blacksmith, Franklin.
JAMES CORDRY, JR., dump man, Franklin.
JOSEPH BRUNETTE, Italian laborer.
The injured:
EDWARD FITZENBAKER, roadman, Westernport, hurt about the arm.
L. LAMBERT, Relms Station, near Westernport, leg broken.
WILLIAM H. SMITH, weighmaster, Relms Station, shoulder blade broken and injured in the back.
JAMES GOWEN, laborer, Harton, Md., face cut.
C. HAMILTON, miner, Franklin, face cut, son of WILLIAM HAMILTON, who was killed.
MORRIS MURPHY, foreman, Franklin, part of back injured.
R. PARTIK, brakeman on the mine train, Barton, injured on arm and chest.
ROBERT PLODBIN, Barton, face cut and bruised.
JOSEPH LACIAN, Italian, hurt on head.
The accident occurred about the midway point between, where there is a loop for approaching cars.

Washington Post District of Columbia 1909-01-26