North Idaho

One miner killed in incident at Sunshine Mine

KELLOGG, Idaho - The Mining Safety and Health Administration confirms one person was killed Monday in an incident at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho. 

The MHSA says around 2 p.m. Monday, two miners were on top of a skip while working in the shaft of the mine. They were getting ready to move the skip, but the skip moved before one of the miners was clear, and he became caught between the skip and the shaft. 

The trapped miner was killed, while the other was uninjured. 

Mine Safety and Health Administration officials have been dispatched to the mine. 

In 2012 a fire broke out inside the mine. The mine was evacuated after a sensor in a vent shaft detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide inside and 12 people who were underground at the time were safely evacuated.

The fire burned for several weeks and was extinguished after the mine was pumped full of nitrogen to reduce oxygen levels.

In May 1972, 91 miners were killed in the Sunshine Mine fire, one of the worst mining disasters in American history.