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38 Years Since Sunshine Mine Disaster

As the nation grieves from the deaths of 29 miners in West Virginia and two killed this week in Kentucky, families in North Idaho are getting ready to mark the 38th anniversary of the Sunshine Mine Disaster. On May 2, 1972 fire erupted inside Kellogg's Sunshine Mine, killing 91 men trapped underground. Fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins, sons -- all died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about them," says Bill Delbridge, remembering his father, brother, and cousin who lost their lives in the mine fire. Every year on May 2nd, people gather at the Sunshine Miners Memorial Statue to pay tribute to those no longer with us/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you know someone who survived or died in the Sunshine Mine Disaster? And/or: Is there anyone in your family who is or was a miner?

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