WV MINE DISASTERS 1884 to Present

DATE COMPANY MINE LOCATION NATURE OF ACCIDENT NUMBER OF VICTIMS
JAN. 21, 1886 ORREL COAL COMPANY MT. BROOK NEWBURG EXPLOSION 39
NOV. 20, 1894 BLANCH COAL CO. BLANCH STANDARD EXPLOSION 8
MAR. 06, 1900 RED ASH COAL COMPANY RED ASH RED ASH EXPLOSION 46
NOV. 02, 1900 SOUTHERN COAL & TRANSPORTATION CO. BERRYBURG BERRYBURG POWDER EXPLO. 15
MAY  15, 1901 GEORGE'S CREEK COAL & IRON CO. CHATHAM FARMINGTON EXPLOSION 10
SEP. 15, 1902 ALGOMA COAL AND COKE ALGOMA NO. 7 ALGOMA EXPLOSION 17
SEP. 22, 1902 NEW CENTRAL COAL CO. STAFFORD STAFFORD EXPLOSION 6
FEB. 26, 1905 GRAPEVINE COAL CO. GRAPEVINE WILCOE EXPLOSION 7
MAR. 19, 1905 NEW RIVER SMOKELESS COAL CO. RUSHRUN/REDASH RED ASH EXPLOSION 24
APR. 20, 1905 CABIN CREEK MINING CO. CABIN CREEK KAYFORD POWDER EXPLO. 6
JUL. 05, 1905 TIDEWATER COAL & COKE CO. TIDEWATER VIVIAN EXPLOSION 5
NOV. 04, 1905 TIDEWATER COAL & COKE CO. TIDEWATER VIVIAN EXPLOSION 7
DEC. 04, 1905 CARDIFF COAL CO. HORTON CABIN CREEK MINE FIRE 7
JAN. 04, 1906 COALDALE COAL & COKE CO. COALDALE COALDALE EXPLOSION 22
JAN. 18, 1906 DETROIT & KANAWHA COAL CO. DETROIT PAINT CREEK EXPLOSION 18
FEB. 08, 1906 STUART COLLIERY CO. PARRAL PARRAL EXPLOSION 23
MAR. 22, 1906 CENTURY COAL CO. CENTURY CENTURY EXPLOSION 23
DEC. 14, 1906 PULASKI IRON CO. PULASKI ECKMAN POWDER EXPLO. 6*
JAN. 26, 1907 LORENTZ LORENTZ PENCO POWDER EXPLO. 12
JAN. 29, 1907 STUART COLLIERY CO. STUART STUART EXPLOSION 85
FEB. 04, 1907 DAVIS COAL & COKE CO. THOMAS THOMAS EXPLOSION 25
MAY  01, 1907 WHITE OAK FUEL CO. WHIPPLE SCARBRO EXPLOSION 46
DEC. 06, 1907 FAIRMONT COAL CO. MONONGAH 6 & 8 MONONGAH EXPLOSION 361
JAN. 30, 1908 NEW RIVER VALLEY COAL CO. BACKMAN HAWKS NEST EXPLOSION 9
DEC. 29, 1908 POCAHONTAS COLLERIES CO. LICK BRANCH SWITCHBACK EXPLOSION 50
JAN. 12, 1909 POCAHONTAS COLLERIES CO. LICK BRANCH SWITCHBACK EXPLOSION 67
MAR. 31, 1909 BEURY BROTHERS COAL CO. ECHO BEURY DYNAMITE EXPLO. 16
DEC. 31, 1910 RED JACKET CONS. COAL & COKE CO. LICK FORK THACKER HAULAGE 10
APR. 24, 1911 DAVIS COAL & COKE CO. OTT NO. 20 ELK GARDEN EXPLOSION 23
AUG. 01, 1911 STANDARD POCAHONTAS FUEL CO. STANDARD CAPLES EXPLOSION 6
NOV. 18, 1911 BOTTOM CREEK COAL & COKE CO. BOTTOM CREEK VIVIAN EXPLOSION 18
MAR. 26, 1912 JED COAL AND COKE CO. JED JED EXPLOSION 80
JULY 11, 1912 BEN FRANKLIN COAL CO. PANAMA MOUNDSVILLE EXPLOSION 8
APR. 28, 1914 NEW RIVER COLLIERIES CO., THE ECCLES NO. 5 & 6 ECCLES EXPLOSION 183
JUNE 30, 1914 SYCAMORE COAL CO. CINDERELLA CINDERELLA SUFFOCATION 5
FEB.  6, 1915 NEW RIVER CO. CARLISLE CARLISLE EXPLOSION 22
MAR.  2, 1915 NEW RIVER & POCAHONTAS CONSOL. CO. LAYLAND NO. 3 LAYLAND EXPLOSION 112
MAR. 30, 1915 HANNA COAL CO. BOOMER NO. 2 BOOMER EXPLOSION 23
MAR. 28, 1916 KING COAL CO. KING NO. 28 VIVIAN EXPLOSION 10
OCT. 19, 1916 JAMISON COAL AND COKE CO. JAMISON NO. 7 BARRACKVILLE EXPLOSION 10
APR. 18, 1917 HUTCHINSON COAL CO. LYNDEN MASON EXPLOSION 5
DEC. 15, 1917 YUKON POCAHONTAS COAL CO. YUKON NO. 1 SUSANNA EXPLOSION 18
MAY  20, 1918 MILL CREEK CANNEL MINING CO. VILLA CHARLESTON MINE FIRE 13
JULY 18, 1919 HOUSTON COLLIERIES CO. CARSWELL KIMBALL EXPLOSION 7
AUG.  6, 1919 NEW RIVER AND POCAHONTAS CONSOLIDATED WEIRWOOD WEIRWOOD EXPLOSION 7
MAY  22, 1920 MALLORY COAL CO. MALLORY NO. 3 MALLORY ROOF FALL 5
SEPT.23, 1922 RALEIGH-WYOMING COAL CO. GLEN ROGERS #2 GLENROGERS FALLING CAGE 5
MAR.  2, 1923 WEYANOKE COAL & COKE CO. ARISTA ARISTA EXPLOSION 10
NOV. 06, 1923 RALEIGH-WYOMING COAL CO. GLEN ROGERS BECKLEY EXPLOSION 27
MAR. 28, 1924 YUKON POCAHONTAS COAL CO. YUKON NO. 2 YUKON EXPLOSION 24
APR. 28, 1924 WHEELING STEEL CORP. BENWOOD BENWOOD EXPLOSION 119
MAR. 17, 1925 BETHLEHEM MINES CORP. BARRACKSVILLE BARRACKSVILLE EXPLOSION 33
JAN. 14, 1926 JAMISON COAL & COKE CO. JAMISON NO. 8 FARMINGTON EXPLOSION 19
MAR.  8, 1926 CRAB ORCHARD IMPROVEMENT CO. ECCLES NO. 5 ECCLES EXPLOSION 19
NOV. 15, 1926 GLENDALE GAS COAL CO. MOUND SHAFT MOUNDSVILLE EXPLOSION 5
APR. 30, 1927 NEW ENGLAND FUEL & TRANS. CO. FEDERAL NO. 3 EVERTTVILLE EXPLOSION 97
MAY  13, 1927 CENTRAL POCAHONTAS COAL CO. SHANNON BR. 3 CAPELS EXPLOSION 8
APR.  2, 1928 KEYSTONE COAL AND COKE CO. KEYSTONE NO. 2 KEYSTONE EXPLOSION 8
MAY  22, 1928 YUKON POCAHONTAS COAL CO. YUKON NO. 1 YUKON EXPLOSION 17
JUNE 20, 1928 NATIONAL FUEL CO. NO. 1 NATIONAL EXPLOSION 7
OCT. 22, 1928 MACALPIN COAL CO. MCALPIN MCALPIN EXPLOSION 6
NOV. 30, 1928 PRINCESS POCAHONTAS COAL CORP. PRINCESS POCAHONTAS RODERFIELD EXPLOSION 6
JAN. 26, 1929 KINGSTON POCAHONTAS COAL CO. INC. KINGSTON NO. 5 KINGSTON EXPLOSION 14
JAN. 19, 1930 LILLYBROOK COAL CO. NO. 1 LILLYBROOK EXPLOSION 8
MAR. 26, 1930 CROWN COAL CO. YUKON ARNETTSVILLE EXPLOSION 12
JAN.  6, 1931 RALEIGH-WYOMING COAL CO. GLEN ROGERS #2 GLEN ROGERS EXPLOSION 8
NOV.  3, 1931 ISLAND CREEK COAL CO. NO. 20 WHITMAN EXPLOSION 5
MAY  12, 1935 BETHLEHEM MINES CORP. NO. 41 BARRACKVILLE FIRE IN SHAFT 6
SEPT. 2, 1936 HUTCHINSON COAL CO. MACBETH MACBETH EXPLOSION 10
MAR. 11, 1937 HUTCHINSON COAL CO. MACBETH MACBETH EXPLOSION 18
JAN. 10. 1940 POND CREEK POCAHONTAS COAL CO. NO. 1 BARTLEY EXPLOSION 91
DEC. 17, 1940 RALEIGH COAL & COKE CO. NO. 4 RALEIGH EXPLOSION 9
JAN. 22, 1941 KOPPERS COAL CO. CARSWELL CARSWELL EXPLOSION 6
MAY  12, 1942 CHRISTOPHER COAL CO. CHRISTOPHER NO. 3 OSAGE EXPLOSION 56
MAY  18, 1942 HITCHMAN COAL & COKE CO. HITCHMAN BENWOOD EXPLOSION 5
JULY  9, 1942 PURSGLOVE COAL MINING CO. PURSGLOVE NO. 2 PURSGLOVE EXPLOSION 20
DEC. 15, 1942 WYATT COAL CO. LAING NO. 1 LAING RUN AWAY TRIP 5
JAN.  8, 1943 PURSGLOVE COAL MINING CO. PURSGLOVE NO. 15 PURSGLOVE MINE FIRE 13
NOV.  8, 1943 AMERICAN ROLLING MILL CO. NELLIS NO. 3 NELLIS EXPLOSION 11
MAR. 25, 1944 KATHRINE COAL MINING CO. KATHRINE NO. 4 LUMBERPORT EXPLOSION 16
JAN. 15, 1946 NEW RIVER AND POCAHONTAS CONS. COAL CO. HAVACO NO. 9 HAVACO EXPLOSION 15
AUG.  6, 1948 NEW RIVER AND POCAHONTAS CONS. COAL CO. BERWIND NO. 11 CAPELS ROOF FALL 6
JAN. 18, 1951 BURNING SPRINGS COLLIERIES CO. BURNING SPRINGS KERMIT GAS EXPLOSION 11
OCT. 15, 1951 TROTTER COAL CO. BUNKER CASSVILLE GAS EXPLOSION 10
OCT. 31, 1951 TRUAX-TRAER COAL CO. UNITED NO. 1 WEVACO DUST EXPLOSION 12
NOV. 13, 1954 JAMISON COAL AND COKE CO. NO. 9 FARMINGTON EXPLOSION 16
FEB.  4, 1957 POCAHONTAS FUEL CO. NO. 35 BISHOP GAS EXPLOSION 37
DEC.  9, 1957 RALEIGH-WYOMING COAL CO. GLEN ROGERS NO.2 GLEN ROGERS MOUNTAIN BUMP 5
DEC. 27, 1957 POCAHONTAS FUEL CO. NO. 31 AMONATE EAS EXPLOSION 11
FEB. 12, 1958 AMHERST COAL CO. LUNDALE LUNDALE ROOF FALL 6
OCT. 27, 1958 POCAHONTAS FUEL CO NO. 35 BISHOP GAS EXPLOSION 22
OCT. 28, 1958 OGLEBAY NORTON COAL CO. BURTON CRAIGSVILLE GAS EXPLOSION 14
MAR,  8, 1960 ISLAND CREEK COAL CO. NO. 22 HOLDEN MINE FIRE 18
NOV.  9, 1962 ISLAND CREEK COAL CO. NO. 28 VERDUNVILLE HAULAGE 3
APR. 25, 1963 CLINCHFIELD COAL CO. COMPASS NO. 2 DOLA GAS EXPLOSION 22
SEPT.28, 1964 ISLAND CREEK COAL CO. NO. 6 BARTLEY GAS EXPLOSION 3
APR. 30, 1965 MOUNTAINEER COAL CO. (Division of Consolidation Coals Co.) CONSOL. NO. 9 FARMINGTON GAS EXPLOSION 4
MAY,  3, 1965 DOROTHY COAL CO. NO. 1 GARRISON ROOF FALL 3
OCT. 16, 1965 CLINCHFIELD COAL CO. MARS NO. 2 SARDIS MINE FIRE 7
JUL. 23, 1966 THE NEW RIVER CO. SILTIX MOUNT HOPE GAS EXPLOSION 7
SEP. 10, 1966 THE VALLEY CAMP COAL NO. 3 TRIDELPHIA HAULAGE 4
MAY  06, 1968 GAULEY COAL & COKE CO. NO. 8 HOMINY FALLS MINE INUNDATION 4
AUG. 14, 1968 AMHERST COAL CO. LUNDALE NO. 1 LOGAN ROOF FALL 3
NOV. 20, 1968 MOUNTAINEER COAL CO.(Division of Consolidation Coals Co.) NO. 9 FARMINGTON EXPLOSION 78
DEC. 12, 1968 BUFFALO MINING CO. NO. 8B LYBURN MINE FIRE 3
JUN. 11, 1971 EASTERN ASSOCIATED COAL CORP. FEDERAL NO. 2 FAIRVIEW ROOF FALL 3
JUL. 22, 1972 CONSOLIDATION COAL CO. BLACKSVILLE BLACKSVILE MINE FIRE 9
DEC. 16, 1972 ITMANN COAL CO. ITMANN NO. 3 ITMANN GAS EXPLOSION 5
OCT. 02, 1974 COWIN & CO. (CONTRACTORS) MAPLE MEADOW MINE FAIRDALE FALLING MATERIAL 3
OCT. 07, 1974 MONTY BROS. CONST. CO. (CONTRACTOR) BOLT SEWELL BOLT FALL IN SHAFT 3
JUN. 05, 1975 EASTERN ASSOC. COAL CORP. HARRIS NO. 2 BALD KNOB RIB FALL 3
NOV. 26, 1975 BETHLEHEM MINES CORP. NO. 105 CENTURY ROOF FALL 3
NOV. 07, 1980 WESTMORELAND COAL CO. FERRELL UNEEDA GAS EXPLOSION 5
DEC. 03, 1981 ELK RIVER SEWELL COAL CO. STILL HOUSE NO. 1 BERGOO ROOF FALL 3
FEB. 06, 1986 CONSOLIDATION COAL CO. LOVERIDGE NO. 22 FAIRVIEW COAL STOR. ENTRAP. 5
MAR. 19, 1992 CONSOLIDATION COAL  CO. BLACKSVILLE NO. 1 WANA EXPLOSION IN SHAFT 4
JAN. 22, 2003 CENTRAL CAMBRIA DRILLING CO. (CONTRACTOR) MCELROY MINE GRAYSVILLE EXPLOSION IN SHAFT 3
JAN. 2, 2006 ANKER WV MINING CO., INC. SAGO MINE TALLMANSVILLE EXPLOSION AND ENTRAP. 12
APR. 5, 2010 PERFORMANCE COAL CO. UBBMC MONTCOAL EAGLE NAOMA EXPLOSION 29

Note:  From 1884 to 1961, accidents fatally injuring five or more employees were classed as disasters. From 1961 to date, accidents fatally injuring three or more employees are classed as disasters.

*December 14, 1906 - This explosion killed 4 employees and 2 individuals on the surface near the mine.

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