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Explosion on German motorway kills one, injures five

Written by: Staff

BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) A construction worker was killed and five people wounded when machinery struck an explosive device during roadworks in southern Germany today, police said.

Police are not yet certain, but said it could have been an unexploded World War Two bomb.

''The machine exploded and metal bits flew as far as several hundred meters,'' the spokesman said, adding the pieces hit cars and a truck. One worker was killed. Four other workers and a woman driver were injured.

The motorway, in Bavaria, southern Germany, was closed.

There are still hundreds of unexploded bombs left from World War Two all over Germany.

More than 22,000 people had to be evacuated from a district in Hanover last week when munitions experts defused a large unexploded bomb dropped by British warplanes.

Reuters MQA DB1821

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