Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo

Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo

Worker had been changing tire when it exploded at East Kootenay mine

RCMP, Ministry investigating incident at Teck’s Greenhills Operations

A man remains in a serious condition after a truck tire he was changing exploded at an Elk Valley mine on Monday.

On Wednesday morning, Elk Valley RCMP issued an update on the incident, which took place in a contractor maintenance shop at Teck Coal’s Greenhills Operations near Elkford about 12:30 p.m. Monday.

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According to the RCMP, the man was changing a tire on a 66,000 pound Maxam truck when it appeared to explode.

Mine Rescue Operations and B.C. Ambulance attended the scene and the man was flown to Calgary Foothills Hospital by STARS Ambulance.

He remains in a serious condition with head injuries and a broken arm.

RCMP continue to investigate the incident in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.