Knox Mine Disaster documentary debuts on 60th anniversary


KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Tuesday marked the 60th anniversary of the Knox Mine disaster.

There was a sold-out crowd in Kingston for the debut of a documentary about the tragedy.

Director David Brocca said the film highlights the disaster that took place in Port Griffith on January 22, 1959.

The Susquehanna River flooded the mines with billions of gallons of water, trapping 81 miners underground.  12 men lost their lives and their bodies were never recovered.

It was the beginning of the end of anthracite coal mining in northeastern Pennsylvania.

“I felt that it was a duty of mine to get this story out there,” said David Brocca.  “It’s an amazing tale and it’s our history.”

Brocca told Eyewitness News he plans to show the documentary at film festivals.

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