HUNTINGTON - An Ontario-area man died Saturday morning when the walls of a mine collapsed on him. An Oregon State Police news release said two other adult males and a juvenile male were not injured in the cave-in north of Interstate 84 about one mile west of Huntington.
Jose Aguiar Jr., 42, was digging inside a small mining cave Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. with three other people near an old lime plant along Burnt River in Baker County, according to OSP Senior Trooper Tracy Howard. This area is about 300 yards north of Interstate 84 in the vicinity of Milepost 344.
Aguiar had dug about 20 feet into the cave when the rock and dirt wall caved in.
The two other adult males, whose names are not available, spent 5 minutes digging out Aguiar from inside the cave. They were not able to immediately call 9-1-1 from the site, the news release said, so they placed him in their van and drove west toward Ontario, about 30 miles away. As soon as they could, they called 9-1-1 about the accident and drove to Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario.
Ontario city police met them at the hospital, t where personnel confirmed Aguiar was dead.