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Woman killed in mine accident

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A woman driver has died after colliding with a dump truck in an open cut coal mine in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

The female contractor was killed shortly before midnight on Saturday when the light vehicle she was driving and a dump truck collided.

She died at the scene.

The truck driver was taken to Singleton Hospital suffering shock.

Glencore, which operates the Ravensworth mine, said it had offered counselling to staff.

“Our primary concern is for the safety, care and welfare of our employees and we are providing all possible support for the families of the people involved in the incident,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Police and three inspectors from NSW Trade and Investment’s Mine Safety Investigation Unit are currently onsite investigating the accident.

“I would like to personally extend my condolences to the families, co-workers and employers of those involved in this tragic accident,” NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher said in a statement.

A report is to be prepared for the coroner.