Perhaps who you are looking for is John Lawerence Smith, born 25 Nov 1872, died 24 Dec 1938 in Collinsville, Madison Co IL, buried 27 Dec in Gillespie, Macoupin Co IL.
Family was fist in Iowa, then came to Illinois (likely due to John's employment as a coal miner). Children from a couple census records: George abt 1901, Celia abt 1903, John L Jr abt 1905, Edward abt 1910, Leonard abt 1913, Harold abt 1915 and Lillian abt 1919.
If you're looking for accident info, you might check newspapers initial reports from the Madison Co IL/St Clair area and also reports from the Gillespie area. The local paper from Macoupin Co should have obits.