Miner released from hospital after Blackwater bus crash
UPDATE, APRIL 3: A MAN involved in a Blackwater bus crash last week has been discharged from the Rockhampton Hospital.
He was one of four contractors, all aged in their 40s, injured when the vehicle "crossed a ditch and came to a standstill" on March 29.
Each of the men worked for Cook Colliery Mine, via UGM contracting, and were on the job when the incident happened between the site near Blackwater and the BMA mine.
A Rockhampton Hospital spokeswoman today confirmed the man was no longer in hospital.
Both Bounty Mining Limited, which operates the Cook Colliery mine, and UGM launched internal investigations into the crash.
MARCH 29: AN INJURED miner remains in the Rockhampton Hospital this morning, while three of his colleagues have been discharged.
The contract workers, all men aged in their 40s, were involved in a serious bus crash near BMA Blackwater yesterday while they were travelling from the Cook Colliery mine site.
A Rockhampton spokeswoman confirmed remaining patient was in a stable condition, and another man was discharged yesterday.
Both had been airlifted by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, while the other two patients were ultimately transferred from the Blackwater Hospital to Emerald Hospital.
The spokeswoman said these two men were discharged as of this morning.
Initial Queensland Ambulance Service reports indicated the crash, on Ardurad Rd, was a rollover.
But Bounty Mining Limited - which operates Cook Colliery- later revealed the bus had crossed a ditch and came to a standstill off the road.
They confirmed all four men involved were working for them via UGM Pty Ltd contracting firm.
Both companies have since launched internal investigations into the incident, which occurred about 6.32am.