INVESTIGATIONS are under way into a Christmas Eve motor vehicle accident at the entrance to the Mount Arthur coalmine near Muswellbrook.
Industry sources said the accident happened at about 4pm on December 24, as the mineworker was leaving the mine site. Photographs show the vehicle hit a steel gate, which remained embedded in the front of the car after the accident.
Asked about the accident, mine owner BHP Billiton said: “Safety is our number one priority and we take incidents like this very seriously. Our thoughts are with the employee involved and their family.”
A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Industry said that although the NSW Resources Regulator had not been formally notified of the accident, mine safety inspectors had “been made aware of a possible incident and will investigate further”. The Herald understands the driver is in hospital with serious injuries.