The death of a 55-year-old worker at Curragh mine saw operations at the mine shut down for 24 hours as a mark of respect following the accident on Tuesday.
The death of a 55-year-old worker at Curragh mine saw operations at the mine shut down for 24 hours as a mark of respect following the accident on Tuesday.

Miner dies in tragic car crash

IT WAS a sombre day for workers at Blackwater's Curragh coal mine yesterday as they mourned the death of a 55-year-old contract miner.

The mine ceased operations for more than 24 hours, but even when the first shift was due to start at 7pm yesterday no one wanted to work.

“Everyone is really sad. No one wants to go back,” a miner, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday.

The civil engineer from Woombye, west of the Sunshine Coast, was killed when the four-wheel-drive he was travelling in crashed and rolled onsite at 10.50am on Tuesday.

He was one of four men inside the vehicle but the only one to suffer serious injuries.

He suffered head injuries, multiple fractures and internal bleeding from the initial impact.

He was taken to Blackwater Hospital by road, but it was believed he later suffered a cardiac arrest and staff were unable to revive him at 12.25pm.

The three others, aged 23, 51 and 30 years, who were in the vehicle, were all treated at the scene for minor injuries.

All four worked for Salmon's Earthmoving Services, which has been working on construction of water storage dams at the mine for 18 months. Curragh management said it made the decision to shut down yesterday as a mark of respect.

A miner yesterday said the first response paramedics deserved much praise for the way they handled Tuesday's fatal accident.

“They are just unbelievable and deserve more money,” he said.

Meanwhile, rumours that the contractors in the vehicle may had been doing “donuts” before the crash have been strongly denied by fellow workers and management.

Aerial photos taken by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service showed circular tyre marks at the accident site.

It is believed the tyre marks were left by a water truck, fire engine and police cars.



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