Fatal accident at Kellogg, Idaho, silver mine

AP News
Posted: Jun 03, 2014 9:47 AM

KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) — Sunshine Silver Mines says a person was killed in an accident Monday afternoon at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg, in northern Idaho.

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.

A Shoshone County sheriff's dispatcher also said the sheriff's office could not provide details and referred calls to the company.

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.