Community mourns former Griz star killed in Wallace mine accident

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 21 at 10:03 AM

PINEHURST, Idaho -- A small North Idaho community is in mourning after Tim Bush was killed in a mine burst Friday.

Pinehurst is a small town with a population of only 1,600 people.  A lot of people know the Bush family.  A lot of people are mourning their tragic loss.

Waylon Ford went to high school with 29 year old Tim Bush.  He tried to watch him every time he took the football field at the University of Montana.  Bush was an All-American defensive end for the Grizzlies.

Recently, Bush worked for United Mine Services.  It is a company contracted to work at the Galena Mine in Wallace, Idaho.  Officials say Bush was killed by a rock burst.  It is an occurrence in mines when a rock explodes under heavy amounts of pressure.

Horace Stevenson used to be a miner.  He also knows the Bush family very well.  He got a call about Tim's death soon after it happened.  Stevenson says Bush is the third member of the family to be killed in a mining accident, dating back to the 1970's.

"It happens, it's sad, the generations all work in the mines and it happens.  But one family...seems like a lot in the family," said Stevenson.

Bush's brother and father also work at the Galena Mine.  No one else was hurt.  KREM 2 News was told Tim Bush recently became a father.

The accident remains under investigation.

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