Buchtell, OH Coal Mine Explosion, July 1886

DEADLY EXPLOSION.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN AN OHIO COAL PIT -- SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED.

(Pittsburgh telegram.)
A terrific mine explosion occurred at Buchtell, Ohio, a village three miles east of Nelsonville, which resulted in the instant death of one man and the fatal injury of several others. Johnson Brothers & Patterson, of the new Pittsburgh mine, were preparing to start up. The coal in this mine has to be gotten out by machinery. A leak was discovered in the fresh-air receiver, which furnishes the motive power, and CHARLES H. JOHNSON and TOM WILLIAMS went into the mine about 250 yards to repair it. They neglected to turn off the pressure, and upon attempting to stop up the leak the end of the receiver burst into fragments, knocking the machinery about and tearing up things generally.
Following is a list of the killed and wounded:
THOMAS WILLIAMS, instantly killed.
CHARLES H. JOHNSON, fatally injured.
JOHN HALLAM, fatally injured.
L. WHITE, seriously injured.

Sterling Standard Illinois 1886-07-15