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Two people were killed at the Homer Tunnel work site in May, 1937.
In a story on May 4, The Southland Daily News said an engineer and an overseer were killed and three workmen seriously injured in an avalanche.
“The cause is that immediately above the tunnel mouth is a steep rock face where the snow settles to a depth of 10ft to 15ft. A slights thaw starts a slide then comes down 3000ft or 4000ft.
“There was 20 men in the tunnel and 20 outside.
“Had the avalanche occurred 10 minutes later, at 10 o'clock, all the men would have been in the crib house, which was entirely demolished.
- © Fairfax NZ News