West Pittston, PA Mine Shaft Accident, Nov 1898

MINE DISASTER KILLS 7.

CAR CONTAINING 10 MINERS WAS PLUNGED 360 FEET.

ONLY THREE OF THE MEN ALIVE AND THEY ARE FATALLY INJURED -- CARELESSNESS WAS THE CAUSE.

Wilkesbarre, Pa., Nov. 5 -- Seven men were killed and three fatally injured at the Exeter Colliery of the Lehigh Valley Coal company at West Pittston near here today. The accident was due to the alleged carelessness of Engineer DAVID PRICE, who acting in disobedience of positive orders, caused three cars to run into the shaft. Three cars, loaded and weighing eleven tons, fell down the 360 foot shaft and crashed with frightful force upon the carriage carrying ten men. Seven were almost instantly killed. They are:
MICHAEL SMITH, 35 years, miner, married, leaves a widow and four children.
ANDREW TINKO, 40 years, miner, married, leaves widow and six children.
MICHAEL PODESABANNY, 25 years, miner, unmarried.
MICHAEL BRAZUKE, 38 years, married, leaves widow and one child.
MICHAEL WASLOWSKI, 46 years, unmarried.
JOSEPH ANDREWOSKI, 30 years, unmarried.
The injured are:
WILLIAM PULLOS, miner, internal injuries.
JOSEPH WINSLER, laborer, head and back lacerated.
PAUL LECKANODES, laborer, contusion of the spine.
The accident occurred at six thirty o'clock as the men were going to work and being sent down the shaft in parties of ten.

Hamilton Daily Republican News Ohio 1898-11-05