Washington, IN Mining Accident, Aug 1902

KILLED BY A BLAST.

THREE MINERS BURIED UNDER TONS OF COAL.

The Charge Failed to Explode and They Returned to Investigate.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15.---Frank Hayes was almost instantly killed and Edward Preston and Charles Lucas received frightful injuries in the Blackburn coal mines, fourteen miles south of here by the explosion of a charge of powder last night. The men ignited several fuses and ran out of harm's way. One charge failed to explode and while they were in the act of inserting a new fuse the powder exploded. Hayes was buried beneath tons of coal and died soon after being dug out. Preston and Lucas are still alive with little hopes of recovery.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 15 Aug 1902