Clipped From The Indiana Gazette
Detective, Mrs. FORMER LUCERNE MAN KILLED IN PORTAGE HORROR Michael Haschak, 23, Victim of Runaway Cars That Brought Death to Two and Injuries to 50 at Sonman. LATE DETAILS o m of home he for deceased Joseph of of morning had admitted ago. She the borough parents Michael Haschak, 23, son of Stephen Haschak, and who was one of the two victims of the wild ride miners on runaway cars on the of the Sonman Shaft Coal Mining Co., at Portage yesterday, had worked only one week and had planned to return to his former home at cerne Mines. Last year he played on the Lu cerne Mines baseball team of the P. League and this summer had been a member of the Portage and Portage Independent teams. In addition to his father, he leaves a number of brothers and sisters. eral arrangements have not been completed. George Fuchlla, 45, the other victim, leaves his widow, Mrs. Julia Fuchila, and nine children. Funeral services will be- conducted at 9 o'clock Thursday morning in St. John's Hungarian Catholic Church, Portage. Fifty others were injured, five of them seriously, in the wild dash of the mine cars. About 130 men were on the when the trip was started about o'clock. The Miller mine of the Sonman operations is a shaft mine, miners descending the elevator before boarding the empty cars to taken to Uieir work. Riding about ten men to a car, the trip was and had gone do^vn the slope only about 100 feet when the "hitching" or three-link coupling connecting *he 13tbxand 14th cars broke. The cars travel on a. 6 per cent grade and succeeding second found the 13 runaway cars gaining speed and momentum. The remaining 11 cars (Continued on Page Three) '