(Quecreek Mine: July 24, 2002) Nine Pennsylvania miners were trapped in an underground chamber on Wednesday when they accidentally broke through into an adjacent abandoned mining shaft. The miners were excavating bituminous coal in the Quecreek mine. At the time of the accident they were a mile and a half from the mine entrance.

The shaft that they broke into had been abandoned since the late 1950's and had been since flooded with water. When the walls of the shaft were compromised 60 million gallons of water rushed into the mine shaft, forcing the miners into the underground chamber.


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