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Cethin Pit

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at Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr

1880 'FRIGHTFUL COLLIERY ACCIDENT AT TROEDRHIW. A WILD RUN. A frightful accident happened early on Monday morning to a party of colliers while descending the shaft of the Cethin Pit, owned by Messrs Crawshay, at Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr. The shaft is worked with a water balance, which appears to have got ont of gear. Five men, named Thomas Adam, John Sylvanus, William Jenkins and his son, and William Owens, were going down in the "cage" to work, and just after they started, the chain by which they were lowered "ran wild," and they descended with frightful velocity. When near the bottom the chain broke, and they were precipitated to the ground with great violence. Strange to say, though all were much shaken and alarmed, they escaped with life, and upon being drawn to the surface, were able to walk home, with the exception of Sylvanus, who is somewhat seriously injured. Their escape, under the circumstances, seems almost miraculous.'[1]

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  1. South Wales Daily News, 20 April 1880