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Mining disaster in northern England kills ten coal miners

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11/01/1861
In a small coal mine in northern England, near Wigan in Lancashire, the twenty-man shift were startled by an explosion of gas in a gallery 360 feet underground.  They made for the shaft to the surface but tragically ran into an area where the gas was most concentrated.  The men died of suffocation and gas poisoning before rescuers could bring all up to the open air.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), p. 219. 

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