CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A Wyoming man who stole a train from a coal mine and took it for a joyride because he was mad at his boss has been sentenced to serve probation and pay restitution.
Derek Skyler Brux unhitched a pair of engines and took them on a high-speed run down a major rail line last fall and crashed them into a train at another mine.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to related charges in January and must serve five years’ probation and pay over $63,000 in restitution to his employer, Rail Link.
U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Friday that Brux needs to deal with his anger and mental health issues.
The incident started when Brux became upset over a phone call. Available court records didn’t indicate what his supervisor said, however.