Fog thought to have played a part in fatal
A 32-YEAR-OLD mine worker has died after the vehicle he was in collided with a cattle truck yesterday morning on Dysart Middlemount Road.
The deceased was a passenger in a Jeep Wrangler, which collided with the truck at 2.50am.
The Jeep's driver, 34, was taken from the scene to Dysart Hospital by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter, and then later transferred to Mackay Base Hospital suffering chest and abdominal injuries, and a fractured pelvis.
He is a resident of New South Wales and was working as a contractor for a coal mine in the area.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
Mackay police said the Forensic Crash Unit investigation was continuing.
The accident scene was reopened at 1pm yesterday.
Police said the deceased was from Toowoomba.
They said the cause of the incident was still unconfirmed but it was believed there was fog and low visibility at the time of the accident.
Police had not released the deceased's name yesterday.
The jeep was towed to Moranbah police station's holding yard.
Emerald-based miners at Norwich Park mine were turned back and sent home yesterday as they attempted to access the worksite through the blocked road.
The RACQ CQ chopper had a busy day in the Central Highlands, being tasked to two more jobs.
"They got back at 11am, got a call and refuelled pretty much straight away and left for a 28-year-old Clermont man who had been castrating a bull and sliced his arm open," a chopper spokesperson said.
"Then on the way back they were re-tasked to Middlemount for a man with a cardiac condition.
"Both men were taken to the Mackay Hospital for treatment."
Duaringa police yesterday dealt with a gravel truck rollover on the Capricorn Highway, 10km from the township at the Baralaba turn-off.