Lebanon Daily News - 10-21-1964 pg1
Recover Body After 12-Hour Rescue Attempt New Minersville Man Trapped By Fall in Mine Near Llewellyn POTTSV1LLE, Pa. (UP!) — A 54-year-old miner caught by a cave-in 60 feet underground in an independent independent anthracite mine was found dead Tuesday night. Rescue workers located the. indy of (ho victim shortly he- fore midnight, after they had dug through coal, rock and debris debris for more than 12 hours in an effort, to reach him. They had hoped thai he might have escaped the tons of debris which sealed the mine passageway passageway where he was working. Nothing had been heard, however, however, from Joseph Bartnick of New Minersville, since he was caught at noon Tuesday by a fall of coal and rock in a gangway gangway about SO feet off the main slope of the Minchoff Coal Co. mine on Sharp Mountain, near Llewellyn. The rescuers, working in 12- man crews underground, had to ig out the rock and debris by land and load it in mine buggies buggies which were hauled to the urface and dumped. They tapped signals constantly on the walls but there were no an- a warning when he roof of the tunnel 91 of to do swering signals from Bartnick. Albert Dombroski of Cressona, Cressona, who was working with Bartnick in the gangway, said he shouted heard the cracking. He started to run toward toward the main slope but he liad taken only a few steps when ths roof fell in with a roar. He lonked back but could not find Ills partner. He hurried to the surface to sound the alarm. The volunteer rescuers included included members of the Independent Independent Miners Association which figured prominently in the dramatic rescue of two of three miners trapped underground underground in a collapsed coal mine at Sheppton, Pa., more than a year ago.