Coal dust fire at Wyoming mine burns 3 miners

September 12, 2013 8:18:14 AM PDT
A fire at a Campbell County coal mine has left three coal miners with second- and third-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration say the men were burned Tuesday about 10:50 a.m. at a coal truck crusher dump while they were working to change a bearing on a chain conveyor at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine.

They tell the Casper Star-Tribune that coal dust was ignited by embers and a burner used to heat the bearing race.

The miners were transported to Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette and then sent to a hospital in Greeley, Colo.

Their names were not released.

The mine is owned by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp.

Peabody spokeswoman Charlene Murdock says the incident is under investigation.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune


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