Canyon Cleanup: Chopper removes wreckage


A Chinook helicopter carried pieces of a huge dump truck out of a canyon near Cody, Wyoming Wednesday. 

 The dump truck went over the edge of a cliff in the Beartooth Mountains and landed in a creek 200 feet below in a construction accident in early October.

 The driver, 26-year-old Ronald Frankenberry, was killed.

 Department of Transportation spokesman Cody Beers says the truck had to be removed, because it could contaminate the creek in the Shoshone National Forest. 

 In order to remove the truck, crews are cutting it into pieces.

 The helicopter can haul up to 20,000 pounds at a time. The trucks tires alone weigh roughly 9,000 pounds each, so, there will be a lot of trips to the canyon and back to the construction yard before the entire truck is retrieved. 

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