Castle Gate, UT Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Mar 1930
FIVE MINERS KILLED IN UTAH EXPLOSION; EIGHT ARE RESCUED.
TRAGEDY OCCURS IN PEERLESS COAL PROPERTY NEAR CASTLEGATE; TWO BURNED AND GASSED MEN ARE CARRIED TO ENTRANCE BY COMRADES; ACCIDENT HAPPENS JUST BEFORE NIGHT SHIFT COMES TO WORK IN SHAFT.
Salt Lake City, Mar. 8. -- (AP) -- Five men were killed in an explosion in the Peerless Coal Company's mine near Castle Gate, Utah, late today, officials of the concern were advised here tonight. Eight men escaped alive after the blast.
Five bodies were taken from the mine shortly after the explosion.
CLEMENT TURNER, Wellington, Utah, married, two children.
DANIEL TURNER, Wellington, Utah, married, two children.
LEETER CURTIS, Heiner, Utah, married, four children.
WILLIAM CURTIS, Heiner, Utah, married.
JAMES JENSEN, Helper, Utah, married, two children.
Those rescued alive were:
A. L. ROSS.
B. W. HALL.
L. S. KING.
ROSS and KING were burned about the face and hands and badly gassed. They owe their lives to BAIN and CANRINKER, who placed the injured men in a mine car and signaled to have it drawn from the mine, but the apparatus was damaged by the explosion and failed to function. BAIN and CANRINKER then carried ROSS and KING toward the entrance of the mine until they encountered fresh air.
Gas filled the mine immediately after the explosion, the cause of which was not determined. Those who escaped were working nearer the entrance than the five men who lost their lives, giving them a chance to escape before the fumes flooded the workings.
A night shift of miners was ready to enter the shaft when the blast occurred. Had the explosion been 30 minutes later the toll of life would have been much greater.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1930-03-09