Car explosion kills 50-year-old man at Canberra primary school

| 03.08,18. 06:17 AM |

Car explosion kills 50-year-old man at Canberra primary school

Photo: The man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but later died from his injuries. (ABC News: Jordan Hayne)

The father of a student at St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Canberra has died after a vehicle explosion in the car park of the school.

Police responded to a reported explosion in the car park on Heidelberg Street in Conder about 4:55pm on Thursday.

Emergency services treated the man at the scene and he was transported to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition.

ACT Policing confirmed the man died from his injuries in hospital.

A hole could be seen in the side of a white ute in the car park of the school, and it appeared a ladder was broken and thrown some distance from the vehicle.

St Clare of Assisi principal Matt Egan-Richards sent an email to parents and carers of his students on Thursday, breaking the news.

"It is with deep sadness that I need to let you know that following an incident in the school carpark today, one of our parents has passed away," the email read.

"At this difficult time, we pray for the family and friends. We will offer all the support we can in coming days and weeks."

He said police had closed the school to all students on Friday and would re-open on Monday.


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