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Mine Disasters in the United States


Pacific Coast Coal Company
Carbon Mine Inundation

Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington
April 8, 1927
No. Killed 7



See also:   Carbon Mine Explosion, Apr. 12, 1930


A cave-in occurred in which seven men were killed in a downrush of gravel, mud and water.  These men were working in the North Morgan seam, which is covered with about 200 feet of gravel, clay and earth.  Without warning, it gave way and rushed into the mine, burying the men who were in its path.

The deceased:
  • W. H. Bird, 38, married
  • Dan Dick, 32, married
  • Frank Erspamer, 45, married
  • A. P. Meshishnek, 32, single
  • Edwin Smith, 23, single
  • George Temby, 28, married
  • T. E. West, 32, married
Source: Washington Mining Fatalities, 1885-1960  (1.1 Mb)  PDF Format




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