Carlisle, IL Mine Cage Accident, Dec 1906

SIX MINERS KILLED IN ACCIDENT IN ILLINOIS.

CAGE DROPPED 100 FEET AND CRUSHED MEN IN DEBRIS AT THE BOTTOM.

St. Louis, Dec. 22. -- One miner is known to have been killed, five others are believed to be dead and another was seriously injured by the dropping of the cage early today in the shaft of the Breeze-Trenton Coal Mining Company, about ten miles west of Carlisle, Ill.
Carlisle is forty-eight miles east of St. Louis.
The accident occurred as the second cage of miners was descending into the mine. The cage containing the six men had descended three hundred feet down the four hundred foot shaft when it stuck momentarily and then went crashing to the bottom with a noise similar to an explosion.
The known dead:
AUGUST FOPPE.
Buried under debris and believed to be dead:
WALTER SCHAFFNER.
HERMAN SCHLEPER.
HENRY MIDDEKE.
HERMAN HOLTMANN.
FRANK ZEHRER.
The injured:
WILLIAM FRITZ, leg broken and body bruised.
WILLIAM FRITZ, was at the bottom of the shaft working almost under the descending cage when he heard the shout of the miners above him as the cage stuck. As he looked up the cage dropped and he barely had time to spring to the side when the crash came and debris was piled about him. His leg was broken and he was badly bruised.
At the bottom of the cage shaft is another hole called a sump and a portion of the debris plunged on down into the sump, carrying five of the miners with it. The sixth, AUGUST FOPPE, jumped as the crash came and was cut squarely in two. His body was taken out during the morning and so far was the only body recovered by the gang of more than a hundred rescuers.
The debris was so tightly wedged into the mouth of the sump that it will likely be some hours before it can be removed. No sounds or cries have been heard coming from under the debris and it is believed that the five miners were instantly killed and probably badly crushed.

Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana 1906-12-26