Walker Copper Mine Explosives Detonation
February 19, 1937
No. Killed - 6
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Explosion Snuffs Lives Six Miners
Kingsport Times, Tennessee
February 22, 1937
Quincy, Calif., Feb. 22 (AP) -- Explosion of a powder train rammed by a speeding ore car 700 feet underground killed six miners and injured five in the Walker copper mine near here.
"The ore train, traveling at great speed, crashed into the powder train as it was unloading," said Chief Clerk R. E. Reed of the mine.
"There was a terrific explosion. Six men were killed almost instantly. The five who were hurt suffered only minor injuries. We don't know what caused the accident."
The blast occurred last night but news of it was not made public until an announcement today by mine officials.
The dead were:
- Louis Ghina, 44
- Carl Doning, 29
- Lloyd Gilbert, 22
- Herbert Blauel, 30
- W. Schasker, all of whom lived at the mine
- Pat Burns, 39, of Los Angeles