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Victims of the Scotia Coal Mine Explosions

Scotia Coal Company
Scotia Mine Explosions

Oven Fork, Letcher County, Kentucky
March 9, 1976
No. Killed - 15
  March 11, 1976
No. Killed - 11

             
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Written by E. B. "Reb" Allen 1976
Remembering Scotia by Bob Cornett  PDF Format


No. Name Age Job Classification Job Experience Mining Experience
1 Glenn Barker 29 Motorman 5 yrs. 5 yrs.
2 Dennis Boggs 27 Utility Man 2 yrs. 2 yrs.
3 Everett Scott Combs 29 Ventilation 5 yrs. 3 mos. 5 yrs. 3 mos.
4 Virgil Coots 24 Section Foreman 7 mos. 4 yrs. 2 mos.
5 Don Creech 30 Utility Man 4 mos. 8 yrs. 4 mos.
6 Larry David McKnight 28 Motorman 1 yr. 10 mos. 3 yrs. 5 mos.
7 Earl Galloway 44 Shuttle Car Operator 11 yrs. 7 mos. 14 yrs. 7 mos.
8 David Gibbs 30 Repairman 10 yrs. 9 mos. 10 yrs. 9 mos.
9 Robert Griffith 24 Belt Cleaner 2 yrs. 2 yrs.
10 John Hackworth 29 Timberman 2 yrs. 6 mos. 2 yrs. 6 mos.
11 J. B. Holbrook 43 Tipple Operator 13 yrs. 13 yrs.
12 Kenneth B. Kiser 45 Federal Mine Inspector 5 yrs. 27 yrs.
13 Roy McKnight 31 Timberman 4 yrs. 6 mos. 4 yrs. 6 mos.
14 Lawrence Peavy 25 Supplyman 6 yrs. 8 mos. 6 yrs. 8 mos.
15 Carl Polly 47 Roof Bolter 7 yrs. 2 mos. 7 yrs. 2 mos.
16 Richard M. Sammons 55 Federal Mine Inspector 5 yrs. 26 yrs.
17 Tommy Ray Scott 24 Miner Operator 3 yrs. 6 mos. 3 yrs. 6 mos.
18 Ivan Gail Sparkman 34 Bratticeman 1 yr. 11 mos. 1 yr. 11 mos.
19 James Sturgill 46 Belt Cleaner 1 yr. 11 mos. 11 yrs. 11 mos.
20 Jimmy W. Sturgill 20 Utility Man 1 yr. 6 mos. 1 yr. 6 mos.
21 Monroe Sturgill 40 Roof Bolter 3 yrs. 10 mos. 13 yrs. 10 mos.
22 Kenneth Turner 25 Roof Bolter 3 yrs. 9 mos. 3 yrs. 9 mos.
23 Willie D. Turner 25 Shuttle Car Operator 5 yrs. 8 mos. 5 yrs. 8 mos.
24 Grover Tussey 45 Federal Mine Inspector 1 yr. 26 yrs.
25 Denver Widner 31 Ventilation 1 yr. 11 mos. 1 yr. 11 mos.
26 James Williams 23 Section Foreman 6 mos. 4 yrs.



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