Castle Gate, UT Coal Mine Disaster, Mar 1924
DUST EXPLOSION TRAPS 173 MINERS.
GAS FILLED WORKINGS BLOCK EFFORTS OF RESCUE WORKERS IN CASTLE GATE COAL MINE.
CREW BENT ON SAVING LIVES OF ENTOMBED MEN PENETRATES SLOPE TO WITHIN 800 FEET OF SCENE OF OPERATIONS WHEN LEADER IS ASPHYXIATED AND OTHERS ARE FORCED OUT BY DEADLY FUMES; LITTLE HOPE OF FINDING VICTIMS ALIVE.
Castle Gate, Utah, March 8. -- Rescue crews have penetrated the workings of Utah Fuel company mine No. 2 a distance of 2,500 feet or more in the main haulage way and have found pure air, according to a bulletin issued by the company at 12:05 Sunday morning. There was no indication of fire and no bodies were found, the bulletin said. The rescue crews hope to reach the men before morning.
Castle Gate, Utah, March 8. -- (AP) -- GEORGE WILSON of Standardville, Utah, head of a mine rescue crew was asphyxiated early Saturday night when attempting to reach the 173 men entombed in the Utah Fuel company's No. 2 mine here. Other members of his rescue party had to be carried out. There were three explosions apparently caused by accumulation of dust in the mine shortly after 8 o'clock Saturday morning. The first one was followed in about a minute by another and a third occurred 20 minutes still later.
Wreckage was thrown across Castle Gate canyon nearly half a mile. The mine entrance, the air shaft and the escape shaft are filled with gas and rescue work is impossible. The next step will be to brattice up the mine entrances and pump in fresh air. At present rescue crews can make little headway.
It is estimated one rescue crew went into the mine about 2,500 feet, or within 800 feet of where some of the men were known to be at work when the explosion occurred. At this distance, however, the rescue workers were forced back by the gas.
The mine is about two miles from Castle Gate and the canyon road was
crowded with relatives of entombed men, and automobiles which brought people from surrounding towns of this coal mining district made progress slow. The exact fate of the men in the mine is undetermined. While the gas in the main shaft, the airway and the escape tunnel is strong enough to knock out helmeted rescue men, it is believed possible that some of the miners have been able to brattice up the way and thus save their lies.
The check board of the mine was blown down by the explosion and for this reason there is no accurate list of those in the mine. On the check board are hooks and little brass number plates.