Pottsville, PA Coal Mine Cage Accident, Jan 1897



Pottsville, Pa., Jan. 13. -- A terrible accident, by which four persons were killed and one fatally injured, occurred at the new Wadesville shaft of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company today.
The dead are:
PETER TINCO, aged 30 years.
JOHN TAYLOR, aged 40 years.
HENRY FLYNN, aged 35 years.
WILLIAM TAYLOR, aged 40 years.
THEODORE FROUNKENSTEIN, a boy of 16, badly crushed, cannot recover.
The work of sinking the new shaft commenced last March, the contractor in charge being Thomas Richards, of Minersville. The four men and boy formed a part of the day shift. Soon after arriving at the shaft this morning they stepped on the rim of the iron bucket to be lowered into the shaft. A big cross beam, weighing several hundred pounds, through which the rope passed, became frozen to the girder and did not move when the basket started. When the men had gotten about half way down, the huge cross head fell, striking the bucket. The men were hurled to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 300 feet. The four men were terribly mangled and must have been killed instantly. The FROUNKENSTEIN boy was terribly bruised. All of the workmen were experienced hands and are survived by families.

Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1897-01-14