Mahanoy City, PA Maple Hill Colliery Explosion, Feb 1904

MORE MINERS KILLED

Powder Exploded In Hoisting Cage, Mangling Five Rockmen.

Mahanoy City, Pa., Feb. 1 - Five men were instantly killed in the Maple Hill colliery of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron company. The victims, who were rockman, are:
MORGAN JONES, aged 35 years.
JOHN MACKEY, 23.
JOSEPH JUNLE, 35.
ADAM SAVAGE, 23.
JOHN HUDERICI, 31.

The men were killed by an explosion of powder in a steel cage in which they were being hoisted. The explosion ripped the cage apart and the mangled forms of the rockmen fell 800 feet to the bottom of the shaft. The head of one of the men was blown off. The Maple Hill is one of the collieries visited by the anthracite strike commission and it is one of the best equipped mines in the hard coal region.

The Courier Connellsville Pennsylvania 1904-02-01