Today we begin a series titled Stories of Cleveland Disasters & Tragedies. Our first installment is called "Terminal Death Pit". It is fitting because today is the anniversary of the tragedy.
On October 16, 1928, two men, Patrick Toolis (age 29) and Patrick Cleary (age 27), were buried alive in concrete while working on the construction of Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. They were working at the bottom of a 103 foot deep shaft. A shaft beside them was being filled with liquid concrete. The wall of their shaft, gave way and was flooded with concrete.
Their co-workers immediately hoisted themselves in the shaft and began removing the liquid concrete. Unfortunately, Toolis and Cleary were under about 40 feet of concrete! As the night went on and the concrete hardened the buckets turned to chisels & drills. They eventually their bodies were recovered. Cleary had been on the job just three days.
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