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Truax-Traer Coal Company
United Gas No. 1 Mine Explosion

United, Kanawha County, West Virginia
October 31, 1951
No. Killed - 12



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Cause of Explosion: Ignition of coal dust when at least twelve unconfined shots were fired on a fall of rock.

The deceased:
  • Eugene Debs Barker, 42
  • John Andy Barker, 25
  • Farrier Lloyd Butler, 31
  • Bert C. Clendenin, 25
  • Frank Thomas Davis, 25
  • Albert Deraimo, 33
  • Lawrence A. Hawks, 32
  • Estel Bee Postalwait, 34
  • Orville Postalwait, 53
  • Leslie M. Slack, 47
  • Dennit S. Stanley, 25
  • James G. Stone, 38
The injured:
  • Johnny Akers,
  • Gapey Joseph Carson,
  • Alvin Kincaid,
  • William Pritt,
Source: West Virginia Mine Accident Index  PDF Format




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