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1 killed in Czech fuel tank explosion

October 1, 2013

PRAGUE (AP) — An official says an underground tank at a fuel station near Prague has exploded, killing one person.

Rescue service spokeswoman Tereza Vojtova says the accident took place Tuesday afternoon during maintenance work at the facility just north of Prague. He says the worker died after his head was seriously injured by the shock of the explosion.

Czech public television says the 10,000-liter (2,642-gallon) fuel reservoir was nearly empty when the blast occurred.

Authorities had to close part of the highway that links the northern part of the country with Germany following the explosion.

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