Catastrophic tornado causes 8 injuries, halts operations at major US coal mine

On Friday evening an epic tornado touched down on the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming- the nation’s largest coal mining site.

Injuries occurred and operations were temporarily put on hold as emergency personnel scrambled to locate and account for all employees.

As time passed and the storm cleared authorities were able to confirm all workers had been located and six of the injured were still receiving medical treatment.

Throughout the evening the wind had been howling across the landscape like a siren’s song, causing 11 scattered tornadoes in Campbell, Natrona and Johnson counties.

According to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, the tornadoes were forming, touching down, staying on the ground and coming back up.

On the mine’s grounds the force of the twister was demonstrated with empty train cars and buses used to transport workers all being blown over. Furthermore, responders had to tackle various hazardous materials that were leaked due to the tornado’s hit.

Luckily no one was killed.