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Tanker truck explodes on motorway near Bologna airport

Tanker truck explodes on motorway near Bologna airport”

At least two people died and up to 70 were injured Monday when a truck exploded in Bologna, Italy.

The explosion caused a bridge to partially collapse.

Police said: "Due to an accident on the highway, an explosion occurred resulting in a fire at Via Marco Emilio Lepido".

Italian media said a truck carrying cars collided on a bridge with another tanker truck containing explosive materials.

Italian media reported that numerous injured were hit by debris and shattered glass after the explosion.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Two people have been killed and at least 60 injured, Italian outlet La Stampa reports.

Police closed the road where the crash happened as well as the surrounding area in Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of the city.

Video on social media showed the tanker bursting into a huge mushroom cloud of orange flames and a thick plume of black smoke pouring into the sky.

A video shot from a parked vehicle at the moment of the explosion appeared to show someone being engufled by flames when the tanker exploded.

Firefighters are now battling the flames at the scene on the bypass in Borgo Panigale, according to local reports.



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