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Feds cite Lampson in 2008 Wyoming crane collapse

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Federal regulators have cited a Lampson International, a Kennewick company, in connection with a 2008 crane collapse at a Wyoming coal mine that seriously injured three workers.

Lampson owned the crane. The crane collapsed while lifting a section of conveyor support tubing weighing nearly 500,000 pounds at the Black Thunder Mine, near Wright in May 2008.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration released its report Friday. It states the crane was on an uneven foundation. The crane toppled over when rain-saturated soils couldn't support its weight.

An agency spokesman says a federal citation against Lampson could result in a fine of up to $70,000. A spokeswoman for Lampson declined comment.