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Wilkes-Barre, PA Mine Accident, Feb 1885

Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY - Saturday 14 February 1885

A FEARFUL FALL

Five Mine Carpenters Dropped Fifteen Hundred Feet

Wilkesbarre, Feb. 13 - A rope attached to a timber truck at No. 8 Slope of the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre Coal Company, at Ashley, broke this morning as it was being lowered into the slope. The truck ran to the bottom, a distance of 1,500 feet, with fearful velocity. Upon it were five mine carpenters, who were thrown off when half-way down. One of them, JOHN WILLIAMS, was instantly killed and the other four seriously injured, and the recovery of two of them is doubtful.

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