Truck accident at Saraji coal mine

A miner was lucky to escape injury when his water truck crashed into the mine wall at BMA’s Saraji coal mine.

The crash occurred on the same day, Monday 15 August, as a partial roof collapse at Peabody’s North Goonyella coal mine, which nearly killed one of the Pike River mine disaster survivors, according to the Daily Mercury.

The truck reportedly had trouble with its transmission.

It is believed that this mechanical trouble caused an uncontrolled movement, forcing the water truck into the mine wall.

“One of the tyres was ripped off and it was sitting on its two back wheels, pointing skywards,” Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union health and safety officer Chris Gilbert said.

A BMA spokesperson said the driver was not injured, but had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

An investigation is underway.

Image: Daily Mercury

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