united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
Union Pacific No. 2 Mine Cars Disaster
April 30, 1914
No. Killed – 5
Two men were killed, a third fatally injured, seven seriously injured and a score are slightly injured as the result of the breaking of a coupling in this mine.
A train of ten mine cars was coming up the slope of the mine with about 62 men aboard when the coupling between the third and fourth cars broke and seven cars started down the slope, gaining terrific momentum within a few seconds.
Many of the miners, realizing that death would result if they were carried to the bottom of the slope, threw themselves from the cars and escaped. Before the cars proceeded 200 feet, their velocity was so great that they jumped the rails and crashed into the walls of the slope.
Two men were horribly crushed and instantly killed. Eight others were crushed or maimed and several of them will be permanently crippled.
The less seriously hurt of the injured were in cars, the momentum of which, was checked by the cars which jumped the rails. The car was equipped with a "safety rope" but this broke when the breaking of the coupling put a great strain upon it.
Note: The report indicated three killed rather that five. Undoubtedly, 2 of the injured died later.