Wyoming: Mine worker steals mine train, goes for joy ride, crashes

Wyoming: Mine worker steals mine train, goes for joy ride, crashes

[Ed. – Didn’t know you could even do that.  Kind of sounds like fun.]

Derek Skyler Brux was charged Friday with reckless endangering, felony destruction of property and felony destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures after allegedly stealing a train from North Antelope Rochelle mine and driving it south 13 miles before plowing it into another train. …

The incident started when Brux, a utility coal operation for Rail Link, allegedly became upset about his supervisor’s response to working conditions, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Circuit Court.

The disgruntled employee then unhooked some cars and drove the locomotive around what is described as a “loop” at the site and “pretty much squashed the ‘expletive’ outta their scales,” Brux said, according to the affidavit.

Brux then called his supervisor and asked her if she wanted to play chicken, the affidavit says. He hung up the phone and then called the rail dispatch, advising personnel there he was going onto the main rail line. …

Brux said he estimated he was going 60 mph for about 15 minutes before plowing through switch 1. He told deputies he did not know where he was headed and that he wanted to make Rail Link pay, the affidavit says.

Brux said he headed south on the main line. When asked how fast he was going, the affidavit says he responded that he didn’t know if he “quite got up to 70 mph,” but estimated he was going 50 mph for a good part of the trip.

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