Tremont, PA Coal Mine Cave In, Sep 1966


Pottsville, Pa. (UPI) -- Rescue workers, weary and mud-caked from 20 hours of constant digging, uncovered today the bodies of three men trapped 700 feet underground by a cave-in at an anthracite mine.
All three apparently were killed by the fall of coal when the roof of the tunnel in which they were working collapsed Wednesday.
Tear-stained relatives, who kept a night-long vigil at the mine entrance despite a constant rain, were informed that the three were dead before the bodies were brought to the surface. A huge bucket, in which coal normally is hauled out of the mine, was used to carry the bodies, one-by-one to the surface.
The relatives were kept from the opening of the mine shaft when the bodies were brought out. The three bodies, covered by blankets were placed in a mine rescue truck and taken to a funeral home at Tremont, about four miles from the mine.
The grim discovery was a blow to the rescue workers who refused to believe that the men had been killed despite the announcement of state Mines Secretary H. Beecher Charmbury Wednesday night that there was little hope for them.
"We believe they were smothered by the slide," Charmbury had said. "But we have no way of knowing this for sure."
The slim hope that they might have survived spurred the rescue crews to continue their labor despite the almost impossible conditions. Although only 15 feet separated them from the victims, they had to remove nearly a score of tons of coal and rock to reach them, timbering up the sides and roof as they progressed.

Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1966-09-15