Poland gas pipeline explosion kills 3, injures 10
15 November 2013
A gas pipeline exploded in the western Polish village of Jankow Przygodzki on November 13, destroying a dozen homes, killing three people and injuring 10, officials said. The accident was caused by a gas leak after a pipe cracked, probably during construction work, according to a local fire department spokesman.
Eight people remain hospitalised including two children, one in serious condition, according to Joanna Pawlaczyk, spokeswoman for a hospital in nearby Ostrow Wielkopolski.
Witnesses told the TVN24 news channel the blast was so strong it caused a parked car to move and that residents ran out of their houses terrified. Firemen brought the situation under control two hours after the blast.
Malgorzata Polkowska, a spokeswoman for the Gaz-System S.A. pipeline operator, called it "a very large-scale tragedy" and said it was the first such accident since the company was founded in 2004.
A special commission will determine the cause of the explosion.