united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
Lehigh Valley Coal Company Drifton No. 2 Colliery Fall of Persons Disaster
October 3, 1911
No. Killed – 5
Tons of Slate Fall on Five Workmen
Indiana Evening Gazette, Pennsylvania
October 4, 1911
Freeland, Pa., Oct. 4. – At the Drifton Colliery of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company, while a gang of seven men were repairing a drag line on the summit of a tall culm bank, the ground beneath their feet gave way.
Five men were sucked into an old abandoned airshaft and buried beneath tons of slate and coal dirt. Death was instantaneous as the men fell seventy feet to the bottom of the shaft.
The dead are:
Nagairirod D. Angelo
John Anlicirlo, his brother