2013-08-22 / Local & State

Services Mark 50th Of Pa. Mine Disaster

SHEPPTON, Pa. (AP) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Allentown led services marking the 50th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Sheppton Mine Disaster, in which a cave-in trapped three miners 300 feet underground.

The Standard-Speaker of Hazleton reports that Bishop John Barres blessed the grave and placed a rosary on the tombstone of miner Louis Bova near the spot of the cave-in that buried him under tons of rock and dirt. His body was never recovered.

Two other miners survived the August 1963 collapse and were rescued after 14 days underground.

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