Knox Mine Disaster 55 Years Later

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94 year old Bill Hastie of West Pittston says he will never forget that day in January of 1959 when the Susquehanna River flooded the Knox Mine near Pittston—-Hastie was one of the first on the scene and says the violence of the water was unbelievable—Hastie said, “I climbed down about 200 yards and the water was so powerful it was already coming up the tunnel–” Hastie added, “Of the men who got out most were mystified that the water was so violent–”  12 miners were killed and 96 escaped-A Federal investigation resulted in 10 indictments with 6 serving prison time–Investigators say the mine was unsafe and those who were supposed to protect the miners looked the other way– The Knox Disaster also killed deep hard coal mining in Northeastern Pennsylvania–

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