Miner killed on the way to work

A coal miner in the Hunter Valley has died on the way to work after his car collided with another vehicle and rolled several times.

The Cessnock man, 31, died at the scene on Wine Country Drive shortly before 6am, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Police said the accident involved three vehicles, and it was unclear whether the man’s car had first collided with an oncoming Falcon or a Toyota Hilux parked on the side of the road.

Before the accident the driver of the Hilux had parked to take a phone call, and passengers in the oncoming Falcon were airlifted to hospital following the smash.

The Falcon’s 27-year-old driver is believed to have broken both ankles while the passenger has suffered a suspected fractured pelvis.

The coal miner was reportedly only a few kilometres from home when the accident occurred.

The Christmas period is traditionally the most dangerous part of the year for work-related injuries, and the death is the fifth fatality on Hunter roads in 14 days.

Image: Simone De Peak/ the Newcastle Herald

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