united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Company Rend No. 2 Mine Explosion
June 2, 1917
No. Killed – 9
9 Killed, 2 Injured by Mine Explosion
Iowa City Citizen, Iowa
June 4, 1917
Herrin, Ill., June 4. -- Nine dead and two injured were the definite toll, ascertained of a gas explosion at No. 2 mine of the W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Company north of here.
The dead are:
Ira Sanders, night boss
I. S. Good
The injured at the hospital are:
Tom Cox, dangerously burned.
W. A. Brewer, dangerously burned.
It is supposed that the workmen walked off into an abandoned workings where there was gas. Little damage was done to the mine, which employs 600 men, and no fire followed the explosion.