Man killed in mine collapse in central west Qld

A man’s body has been found in the rubble of a collapsed opal mine in Queensland.

The man’s friend visited the site between Winton and Jundah at around 4:00PM on Saturday but raised the alarm when he saw his ute had been crushed by the collapsed shaft.

It took emergency crews six hours to reach the site because of the rugged terrain.


Using their hands, police and fire officers dug through approximately two metres of rubble before retrieving the man’s body.

The 62 year old had been working at the site alone.

The cause of the collapse remains unknown at this stage however there are no suspicious circumstances.

Workplace Health and Safety has been notified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.