Hurt miner responding to touch


— A Hayden miner injured in an underground mine accident hasn't regained consciousness yet, but is responding to touch, the man's mother said Saturday.
Kyle Webb, 26, was badly hurt at Twentymile coal mine last Tuesday, suffering a serious head injury and numerous internal injuries. He remained in critical condition Saturday at Denver Health Medical Center.
Webb has not woken up since the accident but is responding to hand-holding by squeezing back.
"His condition is still pretty critical, but stable," Webb's mother, Karen, said. "He's been working a little bit to open his eyes since the sedation is wearing off. The doctors have said he's slowly coming around, but that they still can't tell for sure how he is. It will be a minute-by-minute diagnosis."
Webb's mother said there has been a steady stream of family and friends visiting Kyle, his two small children among them. She added that she is encouraged by his small improvements.
Webb fell 30 to 40 feet off an access ladder underground while working on a bin clogged with rocks at Twentymile. Rocks hit Webb in the head while he was on the ground. Federal officials and mine employees are investigating the accident.


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