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12 September 2011

Mossel Bay man dies in gas explosion

One man has died and another is in a serious condition after an explosion occurred at a scrap yard in Mossel Bay.

Two men were allegedly busy cutting an unknown cylinder when an unknown gas ignited causing an explosion. The two men working on the cylinder were thrown off of their feet.

When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene the two men were being attended to by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services. According to on-scene paramedics the one man had sustained severe injuries in the form of facial trauma and an amputated leg. He was declared dead whilst being transported to the hospital.

The second man had sustained a severe injury to his leg and was treated on the scene before being transported to hospital. Three other individuals who had allegedly witnessed the explosion received on-scene treatment by ER24 paramedics for psychological shock, before being transported to a nearby medical facility.
Local authorities who attended the scene will be investigating the incident further.

- ER24