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Mine Disasters in the United States


Warren Lengel Coal Company
Lykens No. 1 Mine Collapse

Joliett, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
September 14, 1966
No. killed 3



(Excerpt from an article in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York on Sept. 16, 1966)

Rescue teams near Pottsville, Pa., hampered by a driving rainstorm which turned the area into a sea of mud and dumped streams of water down the mine shaft, clawed their way through tons of rock and coal to reach three men trapped by a cave-in.

After 20 hours of digging they found:
  • Russell Delbert, Wiconisco
  • John Hnatishion, St. Clair
  • Stanley Gravish, Cumbola
The coroner said they suffocated.



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