Rock Springs, WY Dynamite Cap Explosion, Nov 1921
WYOMING COAL MINERS BLINDED IN EXPLOSION.
INJURED MEN RUSHED HERE AFTER BLAST.
ONE MINER LOSES SIGHT OF BOTH EYES AND IS SERIOUSLY HURT.
TWO MORE INJURED.
WORKER'S PICK ACCIDENTALLY STRIKES DYNAMITE CAP NEAR ROCK SPRINGS.
GUS EPNER, 33 years of age, a Wyoming coal miner, is in the Dee Hospital here, blinded and dying, with his face, legs and arms severely burned as a result of an explosion which followed his striking a dynamite cap accidentally with his pick.
MIKE LIPSCOMB, 48, may lose the sight of both his eyes as a result of the same explosion. FRANK SLOTTER, 30, a third miner, may save one eye.
All three men were rushed to Ogden Tuesday following the explosion in a mine of the Union Pacific Coal Company at Megrath, near Rock Springs, 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Dr. C. C. Hetzel, Ogden eye specialist, is attending the injured men, whose most serious injuries are about their faces.
The sight was destroyed in both of EPNER'S eyes. Burns from the powder flare, on his face, neck, arms and legs have left the man in a precarious condition.
SLOTTER suffered severe burns on the left side of his face and he may lose his sight. The right side of his face is badly burned.
SLOTTER and LIPSCOMB will recover, it was said, unless unforseen complications develop.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1921-11-30