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Fatal accident at Kellogg, Idaho, silver mine

Published June 3, 2014 8:06 am

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Kellogg, Idaho • A worker was killed in a mine shaft accident Monday afternoon at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg, in northern Idaho, officials said Tuesday.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the miner died about 2 p.m. Monday after becoming caught between a mine shaft and an elevator-like device called a skip.

Agency spokeswoman Amy Louviere says two miners were on top of the skip when it moved before one was clear. She says the second miner avoided injury.

A corporate spokeswoman in Denver, Monica Brisnehan (BRIHS'-neh-han), said Tuesday she could not identify the victim or release details of the accident. It's being investigated by local authorities and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The agency has dispatched investigators to the mine.

The mine is not in production. Brisnehan says it has been in "care and maintenance mode" since the company acquired it three years ago.

There was a fire in the mine in 2012 and 12 people were safely evacuated. Ninety-one men were killed in a 1972 fire in the Sunshine Mine.