Gilberton, PA Coal Mine Explosion, Jan 1935
PROBES OPENED IN DEATH OF 12.
SEVENTY OTHERS INJURED, TWO CRITICALLY, AS "BLACK DAMP" SPREAD THROUGH MINE WRECKED BY EXPLOSION.
Pottsville, Pa., Jan. 22. -- (INS) -- A triple investigation was underway today into the explosion in the Gilberton Colliery of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company that took the lives of 12 miners and injured almost 70 others, two critically.
While rescuers continued their search in the gas blasted passageways, investigations were opened by the United States Bureau of Mines and State mine inspectors. It was believed an accumulation of gases caused the blast. Deadly
"black damp" fumes spread through the mine, falling miners by the score.
The blast occurred in the sixth level, the lowest in the mine, 1100 feet underground. Most of the casualties were among the 69 miners at work in that section. Rescuers used gas masks and helmets to combat the "after damp" that seeped upward through ventilating shafts.
The dead were:
RICHARD EVANS and JOSEPH STOPPEY, both of Gilberton.
HARVEY MORGAN and CLARK WAGNER, both of Valley View.
JOSEPH MEZALLIS, CHARLES RUZUSKIE and ANTHONY WELCHESTER, all of Minersville.
JOHN MURPHY and CHARLES ANDREW, both of Frackville.
HARRY MAUGER, of Mahanoy City.
ANTHONY PICHALONIS, of Shenandoah.
HARRY LENGLE, of Tremont.
GURNEY DUNLEVY, of Valley View, and TONY MULLOCH, of Girardville, were in the hospital in a critical condition with burns.
Indiana Evening Gazette Pennsylvania 1935-01-22