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Gas Explosion in Auckland Suburb Kills One

Auckland City Hospital - where the injured have been taken

An underground gas explosion in the suburb of Onehunga in Auckland, New Zealand has killed a woman and injured several other people. The explosion occurred in the early morning of 4th June 2011 near to Victoria and Mt Smart Roads where construction work was taking place on a water mains pipe.

A 48 year-old Auckland woman has been killed and six other people have been taken to Auckland Hospital with a variety of injuries, some critical.

The Police District Commander for Auckland City, Superintendent George Fraser said:

“The cause of the explosion is still unclear and gas levels remain high, restricting access to the area.

“Emergency services remain at the scene and air is being pumped into the space in an effort to make it safe so that a thorough scene examination can be carried out and to enable the maintenance work to continue as scheduled.

“We will be working through the night to try and ascertain how exactly this tragedy occurred.”

The explosion occurred at approximately 8am local time.

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