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Digger driver dies after dynamite explodes

The driver of a mechanical digger has died three weeks after a bizarre accident in which he accidentally detonated a stick of explosive left over from work at a quarry at Losenstein in Austria.

The explosive was one of the sticks used to break rock free from the face of the quarry which was then being moved by the digger driver.

When the shovel of the digger struck the stick it exploded, leaving the driver with massive head injuries and in intensive care at the local hospital in Linz. The 54-year-old was also struck in the chest by rock.

Despite the efforts of doctors he did not recover and has now died three weeks after the accident.

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