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Man dies after industrial accident at lumber mill

ATHOL, Idaho - UPDATE: The man has been identified as as 45-year-old Robert J. Billingsley.

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One man is dead after an industrial accident Friday morning at the Merritt Brother's Lumber Company in Athol, Idaho.

Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies were called to the lumber mill for an unconscious, 45-year-old male employee who had been trying to clear a machine of a broken piece of wood when he received a mechanical injury.

The man was transported to Kootenai Health by medical personnel where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies are investigating the scene and attempting to notify the next of kin.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 


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