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Crucible Fuels Company
Crucible Mine Roof Fall

Greene, Greene County, Pennsylvania
March 12, 1945
No. Killed - 5

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Five men were killed, and three men narrowly escaped injury, when falls of roof material occurred at this mine.  The accident occurred when the timbers were tripped out from under roof by falling material in a pocket off a split that was driven through a 90-foot-square block of coal near No. 5 room, 23 butt left, off 3 flat west entries.

Four Miners are Killed at Waynesburg
Clearfield Progress, Pennsylvania
March 13, 1945

Waynesburg, Pa., Mar. 13 -- (AP) -- Four coal miners were killed and rescue crews fought hundreds of tons of debris today to seek a fifth workman after the collapse of a section of the Crucible Fuels Company mine along the Monongahela River, 17 miles east of here.

The victims were:
  • Mike Gragish, of Crucible, rodman
  • Martin Spollar, 55, of Chestnut Ridge, Fayette County, timberman
  • Edward H. Johnson, 28, of Chestnut Ridge, timberman
  • Grover Johnson, 55, of Chestnut Ridge, timberman and father of Edward
Still missing was Robert B. Matthews, 47, bratticeman, of Rices Landing.

The deceased:
  • Mike Dragich
  • Edward H. Johnson
  • Grover C. Johnson
  • Robert B. Matthew
  • Martin Spollar
Source: Pennsylvania Mine Accident Victims 1933-1972  External Link  (7.0 Mb)  PDF Format

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