Gas blast victim still in hospital

Police and ambulance staff looking at the remains of two vehicles after a gas explosion in lower Clyde St, Invercargill this afternoon.
Police and ambulance staff looking at the remains of two vehicles after a gas explosion in lower Clyde St, Invercargill this afternoon.

Downer employee Dave Evans, who was injured in an explosion in Invercargill this week, remains in Southland Hospital in a stable condition with head and abdominal injuries.

Mr Evans was one of two people injured when an acetylene gas cylinder exploded on the back of a Downer ute parked outside Southern Brakes and Driveline in Clyde St about 3pm on Monday.

It is understood the explosion was caused by a leaking acetylene gas cylinder that came into contact with an ignition source. Authorities are still investigating.

The Southland Times