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United Coal Company
Patterson No. 2 Mine Cars Disaster

Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
July 30, 1915
No. Killed 9

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An outside haulage accident occurred resulting in the death of 9 men and injuries to seventeen.  A loaded trip of eighteen cars broke away after coming out of the drift mouth and ran down the 1000 foot incline finally plunging off the tipple (over 40 feet high) and into a section gang of 27 railway laborers.  Two company employees were killed on the tipple and seven of the section men underneath.

According to the 1915 Pennsylvania Annual Report, there were only 2 killed and 1 injured for the Patterson No. 2 mine on July 30, 1915.  Apparently, the others killed and injured were not counted or even named in the Pennsylvania report as they were employed by the railway.

Deceased:
  • Samuel M. Daugherty, 43
  • Gabriel Johnson, 57
Injured:
  • John H. Collins, 31


Nine Toilers Killed, Score Injured
Piqua Leader-Dispatch, Ohio
July 31, 1915

Pittsburgh, Pa, July 31 -- Two score of section men were repairing a spur on the tracks of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad at Patterson Mine No. 2 of the United Coal Company, at Lovedale Hollow, near West Elizabeth, when without warning twenty loaded coal cars crashed down upon them, killing nine of their number and injuring eighteen others.  Among the dead is Samuel P. Daugherty, forty-three, superintendent of the mine.  The other victims were mostly foreigners.

Six of the victims were killed instantly and three later died in the McKeesport Hospital, where they had been taken with ten others, who are reported to be in a serious condition.  Several other victims left the scene of the accident without their identity being learned after they had received medical attention.  Gabriel Johnson, Tony Dent and Juan Pielara were three of the identified dead.

Twenty cars had been started down the steep incline of several hundred feet toward the tipple from the mouth of the mine, heavily loaded with coal.  When about thirty feet from the mouth of the mine the train of cars was released, when a large cable suddenly snapped and the cars started on a wild dash down the steep plane.




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