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Central Queensland mine collapse traps a digger as at Middlemount Coal Mine

Worker is trapped inside a Queensland mine after wall collapses – as rescue crews deem area ‘unsafe’

  • Emergency crews working to rescue trapped miner at Central Queensland mine
  • Operator used digger on shelf before wall collapsed at Middlemount Coal Mine
  • Queensland Fire Emergency Service said crews were on hand to save the miner
  • The condition of the trapped miner is unknown as scene is still being stabilised 

Emergency crews are working to rescue a trapped miner following a collapse at a Central Queensland mine.

The miner is understood to have been operating a digger before the accident at Middlemount Coal Mine at midday on Wednesday.

The digger is understood to have been on a shelf of the mine before the wall collapsed and trapped its operator.

The miner is understood to have been operating a digger before the accident at Middlemount Coal Mine at midday on Wednesday

Queensland Fire Emergency Service told Daily Mail Australia rescue crews were working to safely remove the miner from the scene. 

Queensland Ambulance Service said the site had been deemed ‘unsafe’.

‘The contents of a wall have entrapped the machine with a person inside. 

‘Emergency workers remain on scene while it is being stabilised, before they can make a full assessment of the patient.’

Middlemount Coal Mine is an open-cut mine that began full-scale operation in 2011. 

The site turns over more than four million tonnes of coal every year. 

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Emergency crews are working to rescue a trapped miner following a collapse at a Central Queensland mine (pictured, Middlemount in Central Queensland)

Emergency crews are working to rescue a trapped miner following a collapse at a Central Queensland mine (pictured, Middlemount in Central Queensland)

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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