Briceville, TN Mine Cave-In Kills Three, Jul 1958
3 MEN KILLED IN TENNESSEE MINE CAVE-IN
Briceville, Tenn., July 12 (AP) - A coal mine roof collapsed without warning near this Cumberland Mountain Community in east Tennessee Saturday, killing three men. Three others who suffered injuries were able to walk out.
State and County officers, aided by volunteers, recovered all three bodies with the aid of search lights in the underground cavern.
The victims were:
COLUMBUS PARKS, about 55;
his brother LUKE PARKS, about 52;
and HILLERY DONNER OLIVEY, about 48.
The three dead and the three injured, treated at a LaFolletine, Tenn. hospital, all were from Lake City, Tenn. The injured were LUKE WRIGHT, DOWELL WILLIAMS and OSCAR HARRIS.
"We were just taking a break," WILLIAMS said.
"Just standing around shooting the breeze. It fell without any warning or noise."
"This is my first and last day inside that mine," WILLIAMS added, explaining he had quit coal mining in 1954, working at other jobs until Saturday.
Southern Illinoisan Carbondale Illinois 1958-07-13