June 2, 2014 in Idaho

Incident at Sunshine Mine confirmed

Details unknown; some television outlets report at least one death
Staff reports
 

There has been an incident at the Sunshine Mine in North Idaho.

Authorities at the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a call came in around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. They declined to offer specific details.

KHQ television is reporting that a person has died.

The mine is under the process of reopening for commercial silver production.

It is now owned by Denver-based Sunshine Silver Mines.

Located in Big Creek, just outside Kellogg in the storied Silver Valley, the Sunshine Mine is noted for decades of prodigious silver production – 365 million ounces during more than a century of drilling and hauling ore to the surface.

It’s also has a notorious history as the site where 91 miners were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in a 1972 mine fire. It ranks among the nation’s worst mining disasters.


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