Hartsborne, I.T. (OK) Mine Cage Accident, Dec 1901

HORRIBLE MINE ACCIDENT.

SIX MEN CAUGHT IN AN ACCIDENT TO AN ASCENDING CAGE AND THEIR BODIES MANGLED.

Special to The News.
Hartsborne, I.T., Dec. 28 -- A very disastrous accident occurred at shaft No. 1, McAlester Coal Company, here today, at 1 o'clock p.m. While the cage was ascending with eight men and about 100 feet from the bottom of the shaft, it jumped its guildings and six out of the eight men were immediately killed. They were horribly mangled between the cage and bustings and their bodies were dropped to the bottom of the shaft. The names of the dead as far as could be learned are as follows:
ALEX ROMANCHEK.
MIKE PORTKO.
H. KOLCHOK and three others, whose names could not be learned, as they had come from Pennsylvania only a few days ago. All the killed were Russians.
There were two others, who held to the cage and by some miraculous reason were hurt very little. They had to be drawn up with ropes, as the cage had stuck a little midway of the shaft.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1901-12-29