Italy Explosion: Truck Crash Sparks Huge Fireball On Motorway Near Bologna

07 August, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Tanker explodes on the road near Bologna airport

According to police, the incident took place at Bologna Casalecchio and the junction with the A14 route from Bologna to Taranto.

Bologna is in northern Italy, and is located some 374 kilometres from Rome, the capital.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

A tanker and a lorry have collided on a motorway on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Bologna, causing a major fire and explosion. The explosion sent flames soaring into the air. "Numerous injured received cuts from flying glass, which had shattered", said Giovanni Carella, the emergency coordinator for the local fire service.

The explosion was reportedly caused by an accident involving a truck that was transporting flammable substances and exploded upon impact. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole left in the raised highway.

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Officials did not immediately know what kind of materials were in the tanker, but the news agency ANSA said it was liquefied petroleum gas.

Residents living on the other side of Bologna said they heard the blast.

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Firefighters have since extinguished the blaze.

Firefighters working on the motorway after the accident. Video released by police shows an extensive crater and the charred remains of the destroyed truck.

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Two people have been confirmed dead and at least 56 have been injured.

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