Miner dies after vehicle rolls
A 55-YEAR-OLD contract miner died yesterday after a four-wheel-drive rolled and crashed at a Blackwater mine site.
He was one of four men travelling in the light vehicle when it overturned at Wesfarmers Curragh coal mine site at 10.50am.
The miners worked for Salmon's Earthmoving Services, who have been contractors at the mine for 18 months.
Initial reports suggested the man who died was trapped underneath the vehicle.
He suffered head injuries, multiple fractures and internal bleeding from the initial impact.
He was taken to Blackwater Hospital by road but it is believe he later suffered a cardiac arrest and staff were unable to revive him at 12.25pm.
The three other male occupants of the vehicle – a 23-year-old, a 51-year-old and a 30-year-old – were all treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service also responded to the accident having been called to the mine site at 11am.
They were redirected to Blackwater Hospital enroute, but were not required to transport the deceased.
Curragh Mine executive general manager Rod Bridges yesterday said the crash was being treated as a mine site accident.
He said it appeared the driver lost control of the vehicle.
Mr Bridges expressed his sympathy for the family.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends and we express our condolences and sympathy for them,” he said.
Queensland Police Service, Department of Minerals and Energy and an onsite team are all investigating the accident.
Police were still on site at 5.10pm yesterday and are preparing a report for the coroner.