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Mine Disasters in the United States


New River and Pocahontas Consolidated Coal
Weirwood Mine Explosion

Weirwood, Fayette County, West Virginia
August 6, 1919
No. Killed 7



Seven miners were killed in 11 room off the 7 right entry when an accumulation of methane was ignited by an arc created when a locomotive cable separated at a splice.

The deceased:
  • Charles Buckland, 39
  • Ben Jones, 35
  • Willie Jones, 28
  • Leory Lowry, 32
  • Henry Painter, 34
  • Mike Pittner, 32
  • Angelo Rugger, 24
Source: West Virginia Mining Fatalities, 1883-1986  PDF Format



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