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Mine Disasters in
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Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company
Bast Colliery Asphyxiations

Big Mine Run, Pennsylvania
October 1, 1887
No. Killed - 5

Five men were suffocated by carbureted hydrogen (methane) gas displaced by a fall of roof rock.

A pillar in one of the gangways gave out, bringing with it a large amount of gas, which suffocated the workmen and rendered escape impossible to those in that gangway.

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