Czech Auto Parts Factory Blast Leaves 2 Dead

Officials and local media say two workers have died in an explosion at U.S.-owned Avon Automotive rubber parts factory in northern Czech Republic.

PRAGUE (AP) -- Officials and local media say two workers have died in an explosion at a U.S.-owned car rubber parts factory in northern Czech Republic.

Officials say two containers used to store pressurized steam exploded early Monday at the Avon Automotive AS in Rudnik.

Police spokesman Jiri Prouza says the blast overturned a truck which killed a woman standing behind it. Another man died in a hospital later Monday, the CT24 news television reported.

Regional rescuers head Ladislav Zabka said two other people suffered serious injuries while 13 were injured lightly.

Factory officials had no immediate comment.

The factory employs 380 people. It belongs to the U.S.-based Avon Automotive Holdings Inc. which is owned by Crystal Capital of Boston.

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