A 30-year-old BHP mineworker is dead and three Rio Tinto employees have been injured in an off-site vehicle crash in Western Australia.
The fatal incident reportedly occurred around 2 am yesterday morning.
Western Australian Police confirmed this morning that the two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions near Karijini Drive and the Tom Price-Paraburdoo Road when they collided. The Karinjini Road remained closed till 4.30 pm yesterday.
BHP confirmed that a team member — who was not working at the time — died at the scene of the crash 150km from the Area C mine site.
“It is with great sadness that BHP can confirm the death of one of our employees as a result of an off-site vehicle incident in the early hours of this morning,” a spokeswoman said.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and the welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities.”
The three Rio Tinto staff members were taken to Tom Price Hospital by St John Ambulance officers around 4 am.
One of the injured Rio Tinto team members has been flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RFDS with “multiple trauma injuries”.
BHP and Rio have urged any staff affected by news of the accident to contact their employee assistance program for support.
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