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Nanticoke, PA Coal Mine Accident, Sept 1897


A Cage Containing 10 Men Drops 580 Feet in a Pennsylvania Shaft This Morning.


Nanticoke, Pa., Sept 5.--A cage containing 10 men dropped to the bottom of shaft No. 3 of the Aldon coal company, this morning. Eight men were severely injured, four possible fatally. The mine is 580 feet deep. When the cage started down the engineer lost control of the machinery and it went to the bottom. The fall was terrific and that any came out alive is marvelous, as the steel cage itself was broken and twisted. The injured are:

Marion Kulakoaski.
Joseph Kotsalu.
Jacob Sack.
Joseph Gallis.
Stephen Faleysefski,.
Toofil Melfski.
Voychek Golamb.
Joseph Stonkinew.

Decatur Weekly Republican, Decatur, IL 16 Sept 1897

article | by Dr. Radut