The size of this Crane and its Handling Capacity is Hard to Imagine. It is as if one of "Civilization's Own Indicators" is ..... "Collapsing"!
Lampson International Crane Arrived at Black Thunder Coal Mine in April 2008
Cranes seem to be "collapsing like flies" lately So, in dubious honor of these events .... I have decided they have "earned" their own Page
This first page is dedicated to the World's Largest Capacity Crane which nevertheless, still managed to collapse.
Data is as Follows:
Date: 31 May 2008 Time: 12:20 PM Longitude: 105º W 20' 34" Latitude: 43º N 56' 30"
Three people injured, 2 critically.
The Crane was moving a 260 foot, 500,000 pound section of tubing over a triple-track railroad line when it "just collapsed" leaving a 70 foot section of the tubing blocking the train tracks as well as a connection off the main line that services both the Black Thunder Coal Mine and the Jacob Ranch Mine.
The tubing was intending to enclose a large conveyor over the railroad which would reach over Hilight Road to the top of the new coal silos for Black Thunder Mine.
The new construction site is located 7 miles from the Black Thunder Coal Mine's headquarters whose coordinates are given above.
The coordinates for Hilight Road near the Mine and near Wright, Wyoming are:
105º W 21' 55" / 43º N 50' 17"
One of the injured was taken to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming; two others were taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette.