There’s been tragic scenes in Central Queensland overnight after a man was killed, and two others injured, in an underground mine collapse.
Paramedics, including critical care and a rescue helicopter, rushed to the Gregory Crinum Coal Mine near Emerald around midnight after receiving reports of the collapse.
Upon arrival, they found a 60-year-old man suffering critical injuries.
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Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the man could not be revived and died at the scene.
A second man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was initially trapped before being freed and airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition with pelvic and leg injuries.
A third person suffered a medical episode and was transported stable to Emerald Hospital.
President of the Mining and Energy Union Queensland District, Stephen Smyth, said his thoughts are with the man’s family.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased mineworker,” he said.
“We thank mines rescue and first responders for their attendance at the scene.
“Union inspectors are attending the site and will undertake a thorough, independent investigation.”