Bologna crash: Tanker truck fireball kills two and injures dozens

07 August, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • Tanker explodes on the road near Bologna airport

At least 14 of the injuries were considered serious, local news site ANSA reported.

According to police, the incident took place at Bologna Casalecchio and the junction with the A14 route from Bologna to Taranto. Video and photos from witnesses showed a massive fireball shooting into the air on a highway in the suburbs of Bologna on Tuesday afternoon.

The explosion caused a bridge to collapse.

"It nearly would have been an ordinary accident except for the highly flammable material this truck was transporting", firefighter Carlo Cardinali told Sky.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. The Carabinieri paramilitary police said some officers were injured by flying glass when the explosion caused windows in a nearby barracks to burst.

He said he thought the tanker had probably been carrying liquid petroleum gas.

Authorities said a major highway interchange had been closed north of the city due to the accident.

Firefighters have extinguished the blaze and begun to investigate why it happened.

Most of the videos were taken from inside passing cars where people were able to shield themselves from the blast and subsequent heat.

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