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OAKES, Irvin

    Cambria Freeman, 16 Oct 1903, Contributed by Patty Millich

Cambria Freeman
Friday, October 16, 1903

Flying Cars Cause Death of a Driver

The breaking of a trip of cars in the Sunshine mines at South Fork on last Friday afternoon at about 3:30 o'clock, the second of its kind within six months, brought death to Irvin Oakes, a well known South Fork young man and a driver in the mine, and caused the serious injury of six Italians employed in the slope. The injured men are: Tony Tampeno, Vincenzo Tampeno, Tony Lapancie, Trovatore Tuglese, Cosleytine DeTovia and Murello Castani.

This is the second accident of the kind within a short time. About six months ago four men were killed at the same place. The coroner held an inquest at that time but the evidence showed that the men had been in the habit of riding out of the mine, which was against the rules of the company.

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