Evening Herald Wednesday October 10, 1951
Thomas Madden, 50, 808 Market Street, Ashland, was killed instantly in a rare mishap at the Locust Gap Colliery yesterday about 4pm.
The force of a rush of air killed the mineworker, picking him up bodily and throwing him into a heading for a distance of thirty feet.
Madden and his fellow worker, Peter Geary, Merriam, were engaged in standing timber at that time. They detected what they described as “slight action of the pillar.”
Geary went down into the gangway for more timber. It was while he was gone that the pillar ran away with such terrific force it not only took one life, but also injured two others in the gangway.
Geary suffered bruises of the body, lacerations of the scalp and knee, and was removed to the Ashland State Hospital.
Acazio Victoriano, Lavelle, a loader in the mine, was in the gangway when Geary walked by for timber. He was slightly injured and was treated by a company doctor.
The Locust Gap Colliery is a branch of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company.
Mr. Madden leaves his widow, the former Helen McGuire, native of Locust Gap, and two sons, Thomas, eight, and Daniel, six. He was a member o St. Joseph’s Church, Ashland.