Scott's Run, WV Coal Mine Explosion, July 1942

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20 ARE KILLED BY MINE BLAST AT SCOTT'S RUN.

EXPLOSION IS 4 1/2 MILES FROM MAIN ENTRANCE OF PURSGLOVE PROPERTY.

NOT FAR FROM SCENE OF MAY 12 TRAGEDY.

RESCUE CREWS THROUGHOUT NORTHERN MINING AREA RUSHED TO SCENE.

Morgantown, July 9. -- (AP) -- An official of the Pursglove Coal Mining Company reported late tonight that 20 miners died in an explosion in the concern's No. 2 mine on Scott's Run.
Joseph Pursglove, who directed rescue operations for the company, issued the statement giving the definite total of victims almost seven hours after the blast trapped two crews of miners four and a half miles underground.
Pursglove said the bodies of the victims would be brought to the surface in the next few hours and taken to a Morgantown mortuary for identification by relatives.
Eighteen of the dead had been tentatively identified earlier.
Rescue efforts had been hampered by fire and it was hours before the center of the explosion area could be reached.
About 70 of the mine's 300 employes were inside at the time of the blast. Twenty-six were checked off as safe, but company officials said at least two dozen, and possibly more, went back to aid in rescue work without reporting.
The company announced tonight a tentative list of 18 men who were believed trapped, and the wife of another man said she had determined he was still in the mine.
At 10:30 p.m. a crew sent out word it was about 600 feet from the blast locale and hoped to reach it by midnight.
The tentative list:
GASPER BOKEN, 29, snapper, Pursglove, 2 dependents.
CHARLES ANDY, 58, section foreman, Morgantown, 4 dependants.
ERNEST LAMBERT, 39, motorman, Pursglove, 5 dependants.
ALBERT E. McDONALD, 26, section boss, Morgantown, 8 dependants.
MIKE BARBUS, 55, Morgantown, 5 dependants.
LESLIE JOHN STANTON, 36, Pursglove, 6 dependants.
JAMES G. PONCEROFF, 24, cutting machine helper, Jere, 7 dependants.
JOHN HENRY LEWIS, 42, loading machine operator, Pursglove, 7 dependants.
WILLARD G. TAYLOR, 27, Sabraton, 2 dependants.
RUSSELL J. SAFFRON, 22, 2 dependants.
WESLEY H. HICKMAN, 27, 4 dependants.
OSCAR E. BARNETTE, 37, 6 dependants.
CHARLES LAWSON, 45, 1 dependant.
ANDY MALESH, 52, 4 dependants.
JOHN THOMAS WILSON, 34, 3 dependants.
EDWARD LEROY WILSON, 41, 3 dependants.
RICHARD E. CARR, 28, 3 dependants.
JENNINGS B. DUSENBERRY, 45, 6 dependants.
JOSEPH OLIVERIO, 49, 2 dependants.
VERNON V. HILLING, 27, 4 dependants.
The wife of JOSEPH OLIVERIO, trackman, said she had established her husband was in the mine, although he was not on the company list.

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