- A coal pile slide buried and killed two workers at a power plant in Colorado.
- The company released a statement saying it was “devastated” by the deaths.
- Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.
A slip on an 80-foot-high (24-meter) coal pile killed two workers Thursday at a coal-fired power plant in southern Colorado, authorities said after a search for the victims during a day.
Rescuers found the bodies of the two men buried under about 60 feet of coal in the huge pile at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo, said Erik Duran, spokesman for the Pueblo Fire Department.
Accident at Colorado power plant leaves death toll
Witnesses said the workers were standing about 30 feet (9 meters) from a slope of the pile when the slide occurred around 8:20 a.m. Thursday, June 2, Duran said. “The rescuers located the bodies around 3 pm (local time) and we were able to recover them later,” he said.
Duran described the victims as a man in his 20s and another in his 30s. The names of the victims were withheld until next of kin could be notified. Witnesses reported that the accident occurred in a feeder stack for the station’s coal-fired power plant, which is the largest in Colorado and is operated by Xcel Energy, reported The Associated Press.
They investigate the cause of the accident
Xcel spokeswoman Lacey Nygard said the workers are employees of Savage, a Salt Lake City-based company contracted by Xcel to operate and maintain the Comanche coal yard and other Xcel coal plants. Xcel is working with Savage and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office to determine the cause of the accident, said Nygard, who directed questions about the coal slide to Savage.
Savage released a statement Thursday night saying the company was “devastated” by the deaths and is working with local officials and federal agents, as well as with Xcel, to investigate the cause of the crash. Duran told reporters that Savage would provide additional information and that a company representative was on his way to the scene. Filed Under: Colorado Power Plant Accident.
Another accident reported in Colorado
Also in Pueblo, Colorado a boat capsized in high winds on a Colorado lake over Memorial Day weekend, sending 13 people overboard and leaving two dead. The eight children and three adults were in the large, flat boat at Lake Pueblo State Park when it capsized Sunday night.
An adult, Jessica Prindle, 38, of the Pueblo West community, died at the scene, the Pueblo County Coroner’s Office said. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife rescue team found the body of a second victim Tuesday morning after an all-night search, the state agency said in a statement. The coroner’s office identified the second victim as Prindle’s husband, 30-year-old Joshua Prindle. The other 11 on the boat survived and were treated for hypothermia at hospitals, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. Filed Under: Colorado Power Plant Accident.
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