Gillette, Wy – Federal investigators say it may be months
before they determine what caused the collapse of a massive crane
that injured three workers at a coal mine in northeastern Wyoming.
Two ironworkers remain hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical
Center in Casper. One man is listed in critical condition, and the
other in stable condition.
Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Bill
Denning says investigators were on the scene Monday. He says it
will take months for the agency to reach conclusions about the
cause of the accident.
The crane collapsed Saturday afternoon when it was lifting a
piece of pipe for a coal conveyor belt.
The conveyor belt will carry coal from the Black Thunder coal
mine near Wright to silos where it will be loaded onto train cars.