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One man killed, two hospitalised after a Queensland mine partially collapsed

A 60-year-old man has died and two others were taken to hospital after the ceiling of an underground mine collapsed in Queensland on Tuesday night.

A section of the wall and ceiling fell in on the workers at the Sojitz Gregory Crinum Coal Mine near Emerald at about 11pm, Queensland Police told NCA NewsWire.

A worker in his 20s who became trapped in the rubble suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries was airlifted to assistance by a critical care team while another man was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The man was pronounced dead after the underground mine collapse. supplied
Camera IconThe man was pronounced dead after the underground mine collapse. supplied Credit: News Regional Media

“A man with pelvic and leg injuries was initially encapsulated before being freed and airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition, while a second patient was assessed for critical injuries,” Queensland Ambulance Service said.

“A third patient was also transported stable to Emerald Hospital following a medical event.”

The underground mine collapse occurred at the site about 60km northeast of Emerald, which is a coal coking operation – a crucial component in the making of steel.

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