united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company Hollenback Colliery Explosion
March 9, 1916
No. Killed - 6
Six Miners Believed to Have Been Killed
Titusville Herald, Pennsylvania
March 10, 1916
Wilkes-Barre, March 9. -- Six mine workers are believed to have been suffocated and one mine foreman was seriously injured in a fire in a slope of the Hollenback colliery of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company in this city, which was discovered at 1:30 this morning and which had not been conquered at midnight. But one body of the half dozen men known to be in the part of the mine affected had been recovered up to midnight, as the smoke kept the rescue corps from reaching the victims.
No list of the names of the six victims had been issued by company officials tonight, but word was sent out at midnight that the bodies would probably be reached within an hour. Thomas I. Evans, foreman and leader of one of the rescue corps, received burns about the hands and injuries to the back while endeavoring to reach the men who are believed to have been suffocated by smoke.
Company officials tonight said that their investigation indicated that no explosion of gas had occurred, but said that the slope was a particularly gaseous one, in which none but safety lamps were permitted. This is the second disaster in a colliery of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Company in this region within the past month, seven men having been killed and two injured in an explosion of gas in the Lance Colliery at Plymouth on Feb. 8. State mine inspectors are in the workings with the rescue corps tonight making an investigation.