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Miner killed in underground collision as 10 others are left suffering spine and face injuries

Miner killed in underground collision as 10 others are left suffering spine and face injuries

  • A miner is dead and 10 others injured after two pieces of machinery collided
  • Paramedics were called to the site at about 4.15pm on Wednesday afternoon
  • The driver of the grader received immediate treatment but died in hospital 

A miner is dead and 10 others injured after two pieces of machinery collided underground in a central Queensland coal mine.

Paramedics were called to the site after an incident involving a grader and personnel carrier in Moranbah north mine’s access drift about 4.15pm on Wednesday.

The driver of the grader received immediate treatment and was taken to hospital but has since died, a statement from the mine’s operator, Anglo American, said on Wednesday night.

A miner is dead and 10 others injured after two pieces of machinery collided underground in a central Queensland coal mine (stock image)

Paramedics were called to the site after an incident involving a grader and personnel carrier in Moranbah north mine's access drift about 4.15pm on Wednesday

Paramedics were called to the site after an incident involving a grader and personnel carrier in Moranbah north mine’s access drift about 4.15pm on Wednesday

Injuries include head, neck and facial injuries with at least four people treated for possible spinal injuries. 

Two of the injured men, aged 51 and 52, were airlifted to hospital by RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.

They are currently being assessed in Mackay Base Hospital, where they arrived at about 7.40pm. Their condition is unknown.   

The cause of the incident is not clear and an investigation will be carried out, Anglo American said.

‘Our focus is on continuing to respond to the emergency situation, including the treatment and care of injured employees and supporting the affected families and colleagues,’ it said.

The incident has been referred to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

The department told AAP that mining inspectors were on route to the site. 

The cause of the incident is not clear and an investigation will be carried out, Anglo American said (stock image)

The cause of the incident is not clear and an investigation will be carried out, Anglo American said (stock image)

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