Car explosion on the Mountain Highway at Bayswater

Police and emergency services are currently responding to an incident in Bayswater on the Mountain Highway at Elm Street, Victoria Police say.

It is believed a utility vehicle containing a number of Acetylene gas bottles travelling city bound has exploded about 8.20am resulting in damage to homes in the immediate vicinity.

Emergency services have isolated the scene however a large area has been cordoned off due to the incident.

Traffic diversions are in place from Stud Road on the Mountain Highway, with east and west-bound lanes blocked.

Police advise motorists to seek alternative routes as the area may be closed for an extended amount of time.

A man, believed to be in his 50s, has been transported to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

Worksafe are investigating the incident.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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