The patients suffered significant burns to their upper bodies and airways, a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman told news.com.au, and have been taken to the local Moranbah hospital in a serious condition.
Ambulance crews were called to the scene at 3.14pm and multiple aeromedical services have been tasked to assist at the scene to transport the injured workers to hospital.
A QAS spokeswoman told reporters they were coordinating with Retrieval Services Queensland to get the five patients to hospitals in Brisbane.
“The services are on their way out to the hospital at the moment,” she said.
“We believe the arrival will be around 6pm this evening. They’ll work with the teams on the ground to make sure the patients are stable and bring them back safely to the Brisbane area.”
A spokesperson for mine operator Anglo American said the explosion took place at Grosvenor coal mine.
“All of the injured people’s families have been contacted,” they said.
“All remaining on site personnel have been accounted for.
“The mine is in the process of being evacuated and operations stopped. Emergency response is currently underway.
“The mines inspectorate has been contacted and Anglo American is working to ensure the injured people have the best available medical care.”
No further details of the five workers or the incident have been made available at this stage.
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