Miners hurt in bus roll over

Around a dozen miners lucky to escape relatively unharmed after their bus rolled over on the way to Rio Tinto's Kestrel coal mine.

The workers were travelling to the mine around 1:30 pm on Friday when their bus collided with another heavy vehicle, CQ News reports.

While there were fears for the miners' safety, all walked off the bus relatively unharmed, and the drivers of both the vehicles involved were also uninjured.

A Rio spokesperson stated that there were only minor injuries.

"One contractor suffered a sprained ankle and minor back injury while two other contractors involved in the accident are seeking further medical advice," the spokesman said.

"Internal and police investigations are underway and majority of those involved will return to normal duties this week.

"Nothing is more important to Rio Tinto than the safety of our employees and we are thankful that no one was more seriously hurt."

This is not the first time miners have been involved in a bus accidents in the Queensland coalfields region.

Earlier this year a bus transporting miners to camp caught fire.

The fire reportedly started in the wheel of the bus as it travelled along the Peak Downs Highway.

Bus operator, Greyhound, explained that "the charter service was enroute to Coppabella camp when the coach captain was alerted to an acrid smell.

"While determining a safe place to pull over the captain radioed another Greyhound driver who was following at the time. Once the coach was safely stopped the captain disembarked all 25 passengers."

The miners had already left the bus before it caught fully alight.

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