WPR News
10:33 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Crane Collapse in Powder River Basin Injures Three

Cheyenne, WY – Two ironworkers remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, with injuries they suffered in a crane accident at a northeast Wyoming coal mine.

TIC Wyoming Inc. says two of its employees - Andrew Milonis and Frederico Salinas - were being treated Sunday at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Hospital nursing supervisor Mike Chambers says Milonis is listed in critical but stable condition, and Salinas is listed in stable condition.

TIC Wyoming, a heavy industrial contractor based in Casper, says the cause of the Saturday afternoon accident at Black Thunder mine in the Powder River Basin hasn't been determined.

Officials have said the crane collapsed as it moved tubing over a rail line. The Mine Safety and Health Administration shut down the mine and is investigating.

A third injured worker was released from the hospital on Sunday.