Disgruntled Employee Hijacks Coal Train

Authorities say a disgruntled employee commandeered a locomotive from a northeast Wyoming coal mine and later plowed it into another train before he was apprehended.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a disgruntled employee commandeered a locomotive from a northeast Wyoming coal mine and later plowed it into another train before he was apprehended.

Police say the 22-year-old man faces preliminary charges that include reckless endangering and felony destruction.

The incident began before 9 a.m. Thursday at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine when the employee became upset with a supervisor over working conditions.

The employee unhooked some cars from a train and drove the locomotive off the mine property and onto a main rail line.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1qfWrQL) that he took the train about 13 miles south before crashing into another train.

No injuries were reported.

The total cost of the damages was not immediately available.

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