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Middleport, PA Mine Shaft Accident, May 1889

10 MEN INSTANTLY KILLED.

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AT WILLIAMS COLLIERY, NEAR MIDDLEPORT.

TWO HUNGARIANS THE CAUSE OF THE FATAL CATASTROPHE -- THEY PUSH AN EMPTY CAR OVER THE TOP OF THE SHAFT UPON THE MEN AS THEY WERE COMING UP.

Pottsville, Pa., May 9. -- At Kaska Williams' colliery, near Middleport, this evening, the cage containing 10 miners was ascending the shaft when an empty car was pushed over the top of the shaft by two Hungarian laborers. The car struck the cage with terrible force, shattering it to pieces and instantly killing every one of its occupants, whose mangled bodies were afterward found in the water at the bottom of the shaft.
The victims were:
HUGH CARLIN.
PATRICK McDONALD.
GEO. BENDEL.
JOHN PATTOVISH.
FRANK STRATKOVISCH.
JOHN MOORE.
ALBERT DWYER.
EDWARD KURTZ.
STEPHEN MATZOR.
Assistant Inside Foreman MICHAEL BOYLE.
The mine is operated by the Alliance Coal Company and the shaft is 500 feet deep.
BOYLE leaves a wife and seven children. It was not his turn to ascent the shaft, but he had exchanged turns with another man. PATTOVISH leaves a widow. All of the others were single. There is great public indignation over the employment of stupid Hungarians in a position where their carelessness could be so disastrous.
No calamity of a similar nature has ever before occurred in the region. There is 35 feet of water in the "sump," and the recovery of the bodies is slow work. At 7 o'clock tonight only one body had been brought up. The colliery employs 500 hands, and is known as the "Big Vein."

Bradford Era Pennsylvania 1889-05-10

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