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Scranton, PA Leggett's Creek Colliery Mine Accident, Dec 1900

FELL FIVE HUNDRED FEET DOWN MINE SHAFT

Gate Was Open and He Thought Carriage Was Up.

Special to The Inquirer.

SCRANTON, Dec. 14.----Thomas Hughes, a miner employed at the Leggett's Creek Colliery, fell down the shaft a distance of 500 feet last night, and was crushed into a shapeless mass.

The gate at the top of the shaft was raised momentarily. Hughes happened along and wanting to descend, stepped into the open, thinking that because the gate was up the carriage was there.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 15 Dec 1900



article | by Dr. Radut