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Susquehanna Colliery Company
Short Mountain Colliery Cave-in

Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
June 17, 1918
No. Killed - 4

Successful Rescue

Five men were standing timber, when without warning the ground caved, catching all five.  One man was able shortly to free himself and went for assistance.  Soon a rescue party arrived.  In a short time, the party got a man out; with medical assistance his life was saved.  The next three men were alive when removed but died soon after; the last man was dead when taken from under the fall.

The deceased:
  • William R. Blackway, 43
  • Thomas L. Davis, 36
  • Charles Fenstermacher, 38
  • Rudolph Hursch, 28



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