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Sahara Coal Company
No. 8 Mine Explosion

Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
February 14, 1921
No. Killed - 3



Rescuer Deaths

Three men lost their lives by suffocation in oxygen apparatus while opening a fire sealed area to see if the fire was extinguished.  The oxygen of one of the three-man crew was fully consumed and the two other men used up all their oxygen in attempted rescue of the one man who went down.  Members of the fresh apparatus crew outside the seal quickly brought the bodies to fresh air and artificial respiration was applied but failed.

These men were killed following an explosion of gas in Sahara Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Eldorado, Saline County.
  • Frank Day, trackman, age 42 years, married, leaves a widow and one child.
  • Leland Miller, laborer, age 19 years, single.
  • Henry Wright, laborer, age 41 years, married, leaves a widow.




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