Man dies following horror Ballarat mine collapse

March 14, 2024 8:40 am in by
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A man has died after a horror rock fall at the Ballarat Gold Mine yesterday afternoon, police have confirmed.

The mine collapse occurred just before 5pm, approximately 3 kilometres underground from the mine’s entrance.

Two people were pinned by fallen rocks, whilst another 28 took refuge in a safety pod and were brought to the surface late last night.

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One of the pinned workers was freed at around 8:30pm last night and sustained life-threatening injuries.

The 21-year-old local man was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a serious condition.

The body of the second man trapped, a 37-year-old Bruthen man, was recovered this morning.

Members of WorkSafe will investigate the incident while police prepare a report for the coroner.