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Accident Information File

A 71-year-old Salida man died after falling about 60 feet into a mine shaft that he was checking for safety. The victim fell down the shaft of the Yankee Blade Mine on his property and died shortly after he was pulled out. Apparently he was checking the mine cover for safety when he dropped a wrench and climbed into the shaft to retrieve it. A platform gave way, and he fell.