Miner killed in Sunshine Mine accident identified

KELLOGG – Federal officials say a miner has died at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg in northern Idaho.

Sources told KREM 2 News that Nick Rounds died when he jumped on a mining skip that was not tied off. According to sources, Rounds was crushed between the mine shaft and the skip.

A Shoshone County fire chief said he dispatched two ambulances to the mine, but those ambulances did not transport anyone out.

The Sunshine Mine is located between the cities of Kellogg and Wallace. It is owned and operated by the Sunshine Silver Mines. They were in the process of modernizing the facility.

The mine was the site of one of the deadliest mining accidents in US history. Ninety-one people died when fire broke out in the mine in May of 1972.

The last time the mine was closed because of a collapse was in January of 2010. No one was hurt in that incident.

Rounds was reportedly in his 30s. Sources said he grew up in the mining industry and his father, Phil Rounds, worked at the mine as well.



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