united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
Lytle Coal Company Lytle Colliery Roof Fall
February 18, 1905
No. Killed - 5
Five men were killed instantly by a fall of rock while descending the slope in a gunboat on the No. 2 west slope.
The throttle of the hoisting slope engine was out of order and the officials decided to lower the men in the gunboat. They placed a false bottom in the west gunboat to make it convenient for the men to get in and out.
The east gunboat, operated empty and lowered rapidly, jumped the track, disturbing the timber on No. 2 slope, which in turn set the top rock moving and it fell about the time the west side boat arrived at the point of the accident on the slope.