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 Juan E. Martinez

Juan E. Martinez

Birth
Mexico
Death 9 May 1945 (aged 37)
Sunnyside, Carbon County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 08 071 1
Memorial ID 126403 · View Source
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Desert News, Thursday May 10, 1945

23 DEAD, 7 INJURED IN UTAH MINE BLAST

Rescue Crews Work Relays At Sunnyside
by T.L. Cannon
News Editor, The Deseret News

SUNNYSIDE- The toll stood at 23 Utah miners dead with seven others injured and in a hospital today following an explosion in the Sunnyside No.1 mine of the Utah Fuel Company yesterday at 3:12 p.m.

Eighty-seven men of the Tuesday day shift had stacked their tools and were starting their journey to the mine portal and home when the explosion was touched off, sending a searing flash of flame and a terrific blast of gas roaring through miles of underground workings.

Most of the dead were probably killed instantly by the force of the blast, the concussion of which is some cases tossed the men from wall to wall in the tunnels like rubber balls thrown by a giant hand. Others succumbed within a few seconds to the deadly monoxide fumes which filled the passageways after the explosion had blown out ventilating systems. All of the victims were within a distance of some 1300 feet of the explosion's origin, rescue workers declared. Scores of others escaped death by crawling on their bellies along the pitch dark and smoking passageways to fresh air, their heads wrapped in their jackets......


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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126403
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Juan E. Martinez (11 Nov 1907–9 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126403, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .