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Lehigh Valley Coal Company
Warrior Run Mine Cars Disaster

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
August 28, 1908
No. Killed 6

Runaway Car Kills Five Men
The News, Frederick, Maryland
August 29, 1908

Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Aug. 29. -- Five men were instantly killed, another expected to die and five others were seriously injured in a collision at the Warrior Run colliery of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company, about six miles from this city.

The men were being hoisted up the slope when a runaway car struck the cars, on which were twenty men, who were employed in the mine.  Only six of them escaped entirely uninjured.  Those killed were horribly mangled.

The dead are:
  • James Gallagher
  • Frank Ostroski
  • Simon Bucovage
  • John Torkarschack
  • Julius Mortz
The car which ran away was being switched from one track to another when the head man in charge of it lost control of it.  It went beyond the point intended, jumping the latches at the head of the slope and running up a steep incline.  It then ran back down into the slope 1000 feet before it struck the other cars with the men on.

The cars with the workmen aboard had just stopped at what was known as No. 3 lift to take on other employees from that part of the mine.  A signal to start upwards had just been given the hoisting engineer when the roar of the down-coming car warned the men of the danger.  The few who escaped jumped from the cars at once, but the others were caught before they could escape.

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