One dead, 18 injured in Austria gas hub explosion

An explosion at a natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia has left one person dead, Austria Press Agency reports.

Red Cross official Sonja Keller said a further 18 people were injured even though some reports say up to 60 people were hurt.

There was no immediate word on what caused the blast Tuesday at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, where pipelines connect and gas is compressed.

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