Man killed as tyre explodes at Dawson Coal Mine

A TYRE explosion at Dawson Coal Mine has killed one man and seriously injured another.

A police spokesman said the tyre exploded just before 5am this morning.

The mine, contracted to Leighton Holdings, is about 140 kilometres southwest of Gladstone just outside Moura.

Dawson Coal Mine.
Dawson Coal Mine. Contributed

Dawson Mine is an open-cut coal operation with more than 280 million tonnes of existing coal reserves.

The police spokesman said emergency crews had arrived on the scene about 6.30am.

He later confirmed one man had died in the explosion.

A QAS spokesman said they were called to the incident at 4.50am where they transported a 21-year-old man with suspected collarbone and shoulder fracture to Theodore Hospital.

It is believed the man will be transported for further treatment to a major hospital. 

While a Leighton Holdings spokesperson said it was too soon for the company to comment it is believed a division of the Department of Resources and Natural Environment will lead the investigation into the incident.