An injured person from an explosion at Grosvenor coal mine at Moranbah pictured arriving at the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Brisbane 6th of May 2020. This is the second flights to arrive after an explosion at the mine left five people seriously injured. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
An injured person from an explosion at Grosvenor coal mine at Moranbah pictured arriving at the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Brisbane 6th of May 2020. This is the second flights to arrive after an explosion at the mine left five people seriously injured. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)

Fundraiser for injured Grosvenor Mine workers smashes target

UPDATE 3.20PM: The fundraiser for five men injured in the underground explosion at Grosvenor Mine has now reached almost $90,000 - smashing its original target of $20,000.  

INITIAL 5.45AM: WORKMATES of five men injured in the underground explosion at Grosvenor Mine at Moranbah have rallied for their comrades, raising more than $50,000 to support their families.

The B crew longwall team at the Anglo American mine started an online fundraiser when members of the A crew suffered horrific injuries in the explosion.

They were initially taken to Moranbah Hospital where a heroic team of doctors and nurses worked to save their lives, before the men were flown to the state's capital.

Four of the A crew members were last night on ventilators in a Brisbane hospital, clinging to life with burns covering their torsos.

A fifth member of the team, seriously injured in the same explosion about 3.15pm Wednesday, was in a serious condition.

Fundraiser organiser Robin Buchanan, with six others, last night thanked the overwhelming support for his workmates after the disaster.

"This accident has shocked us all, and this is the least we can do to assist their families," the fundraiser read.

"Together let's assist the families of the boys affected by the incident that occurred at Grosvenor.

"Having a family member injured is always difficult, let's do what we can to assist them."

The fund quickly raised more than $53,000 in a matter of hours.

Fund co-organiser Jy Bird, on social media, said the B crew was due to take over from the A crew the day of the explosion.

"Thoughts and prayers with each of you," he said.

Support the fund online here.


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