Worker killed in accident at Stillwater’s Nye mine

UPDATE 10 a.m.: Dale Alan Madson was killed while working 1,200 feet underground in the Stillwater Mine near Nye on Monday afternoon.

Officials say Madson, 42, was driving an open cab hauling truck when he went into a ditch and a rock bolt hit him in the neck.

Madson had been with the mine since April 2008.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: A miner driving an open cab truck 1,200 feet underground in the Stillwater Mine near Nye was killed on Monday afternoon.

According to Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety and Health Administration department, the 42-year-old man was driving the hauling truck underground and it went into a ditch.

A rock bolt hit the man in the neck.

Underground work at the mine has been suspended pending an investigation by safety inspectors.

Louviere said the incident happened at about 3 p.m. on Monday. The miner was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m.

Stillwater Mining Co. spokesman John Beaudry said the death was an isolated accident. No other injuries were reported.

MSHA is investigating the incident. The man’s name has not been released.

INITIAL REPORT: An investigation is under way after a worker was killed in an accident at a southern Montana precious metals mine, but few details are being released.

The accident happened on the 3800 level of Stillwater Mining Co.’s operation near Nye on Monday afternoon, and representatives from the Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

A company news release confirmed the death Monday night but did not provide any other details. The employee’s name has not been released pending notification of the family.

The mine was evacuated Oct. 19 after equipment used to move ore and waste started smoking. There were no reports of fire and no one was injured.

Stillwater is the only producer of platinum and palladium in the country.


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