united states mine rescue association
Mine Disasters in
the United States
Stearns Coal and Lumber Company
Mine No. 4 Asphyxiations
August 5, 1961
No. Killed – 3
Three men were overcome by carbon monoxide and a deficiency of oxygen while the men were exploring the abandoned mine to determine the feasibility of additional pillar extraction.
Two men died that afternoon and the third died 18 days later.