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Gas explosion leaves man critically injured

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A gas explosion in a Cambridgeshire village has left a man seriously injured.  The incident happened at a potato supply company in Chittering, with questions still to be answered on what actually caused the explosion. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were contacted with reports of an explosion at The Produce Connection Ltd on Ely Road, Chittering. They arrived at the site at around 08:50 yesterday.

Two East of England Ambulance Service crews were sent to the supply company’s site, where one man had to be taken to hospital.  A spokesperson said: “One person has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance with critical injuries.”  It was heard that two ambulances, an ambulance officer, an East Anglican Air Ambulance, and a hazardous area response team were all sent to the site of the gas explosion.

“Critical, but stable”

The man had been part of a team working to build a new anaerobic digester plant. He works for a firm Himmel, an Austrian company which had been contracted to construct the new multi-million pound plant.

There have been no further casualties since the accident happened, and the injured man is in a “critical, but stable” condition, according to Addenbrooke.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed that inspectors visited the site yesterday and that an investigation is already under way.

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