Miner critically injured in fall

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— A mine employee was critically injured Tuesday after being hit by a rock and falling 20 to 30 feet from a conveyor belt at Twentymile coal mine.

Kyle Webb, 25, was listed in critical condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center before being flown to Denver Health Medical Center around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Webb suffered head injuries and blunt chest trauma in the fall, hospital spokesman Frank May said.

Webb was apparently trying to clean a clogged bin between two conveyor belts high above the mine's floor when he was struck by a rock, causing him to fall, Routt County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Wood said.

The accident happened around 4:30 p.m.

According to initial reports from the scene to a 911 operator, Webb hit a number of rocks as he fell, was knocked unconscious and was not breathing immediately after the accident.

Webb was transported out of the mine by a mine medical vehicle and a Steamboat ambulance was called to take him to the hospital.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and Twentymile Coal Co. were investigating the accident Tuesday night.

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