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Halcon Coal Corporation
Halcon Mine Roof Fall Disaster

Bear Creek, Wise County, Virginia
June 5, 1929
No. Killed 5

Final Investigation Report and Correspondence  (865 Kb)  PDF Format

Five Miners Killed by Fall of Slate
Sandusky Star Journal, Ohio
June 6, 1929

Bluefield, W. Va., June 6 -- Five coal loaders were crushed to death today in a slate fall at the Halcon mine near Wise, Va.

The victims were hopelessly trapped as tons of slate, apparently loosened by water seepage or blasting, hurtled down upon them.

Those killed were:
  • Fred Hylton
  • Robert Hall
  • Coddie Gibson
  • Allen Stidham
  • Carroll Miller, all of Wise



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