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Victims of gas explosion offered compensation

Victims of gas explosion offered compensation

Personal injury compensation is set to be awarded to several people hurt in a gas explosion in the West Midlands, it has emerged.

According to the BBC, the National Grid and BT have offered damages sums to victims of an accident in a public place in Shrewsbury in January 2010, which caused destruction to residential properties in the town centre.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive determined that total liability could not be attached to one party for the explosion, but as 11 of the 12 people injured during the incident have sought compensation, the organisations have decided to grant their wishes while responsibility is determined.

"Both National Grid and BT will continue to talk to the victims in a bid to reach a satisfactory settlement," a joint statement noted.

They indicated this decision had been made on the grounds of the "considerable hardship" encountered by the affected individuals.

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett