Explosion injures 5 at Anglo American coal mine in Australia

MELBOURNE, May 6 (Reuters) - An explosion at a coal mine run by Anglo American in Australia’s Queensland state has injured five people and halted production, local media and the miner said on Wednesday.

Those hurt in the accident at Anglo’s Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin have been transported to hospital, and all of their families have been contacted, Anglo American said in a statement.

“All remaining on site personnel have been accounted for. The mine is in the process of being evacuated and operations stopped,” it said.

“The mines inspectorate has been contacted and Anglo American is working to ensure the injured people have the best available medical care.”

The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported that the patients suffered burns to their upper bodies and airways after the explosion and were taken to Moranbah Hospital in a critical condition.

Ambulance crews had been called to the scene mid-afternoon, the ABC said.

A Queensland Mines Inspectorate spokesperson confirmed that inspectors were on site and had begun an investigation into the incident.

Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger