Five people are fighting for life after an explosion at a mine
- Five people badly injured in mine explosion at Moranbah in Central Queensland
- Rushed to hospital suffering significant burns to their upper bodies and airways
- Explosion occurred at the Grosvenor coal mine, operated by Anglo American
Five workers have been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after a mine explosion in Central Queensland this afternoon.
Queensland Ambulance crews were called to a Moranbah mine in the state’s Bowen Basin region after a reported explosion about 3.15pm on Wednesday.
It’s understood five people who were badly injured at the Goonyella Road site suffered significant burns to their upper bodies and airways.
Queensland Ambulance crews were called to a Moranbah mine in the state’s Bowen Basin region after a reported explosion about 3.15pm on Wednesday
The RACQ rescue helicopter was also called to the scene.
A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the patients were assessed at the scene by paramedics and transported by road ambulance to Moranbah Hospital in a serious condition.
A spokesperson for Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told the ABC the explosion occurred at Grosvenor coal mine operated by Anglo American.
An evacuation of the mine is underway.
‘Five people have been injured and transported to hospital. All of the injured people’s families have been contacted,’ a statement from the mining company read.
‘All remaining onsite personnel have been accounted for. The mine is in the process of being evacuated and operations stopped. Emergency response is currently underway.
‘The mines inspectorate has been contacted and Anglo American is working to ensure the injured people have the best available medical care.’
No further details are available at this stage.
Five workers have been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after a mine explosion in Central Queensland this afternoon