Road crash causes explosion, fire near Bologna airport

Huge Explosion Near Italy's Bologna Airport Triggered By Road Accident

Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday that the accident took place on a state highway in the area of Lesina in the province of Foggia.

Giovanni Carella, a city official, said the vehicle was probably carrying liquefied gas.

Traffic cameras caught the tanker truck carrying flammable materials as it hit the truck in front of it, and caught fire.

Italian police posted a video of the tanker erupting in flames after plowing into the back of another truck on the highway.

Following the truck's combustion, two more cars on the motorway also blew up, causing multiple explosions, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Explosion: CCTV footage shows the moment the petrol tanker exploded, collapsing a part of the motorway bridge near Bologna airport, Italy.

The explosion has injured dozens of people.

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People living far from the site of the explosion said the deafening blast shook their homes.

The explosion killed at least two people and injured up to 70 as a section of the thoroughfare collapsed, police said.

Most of the injured suffered burns with police and firefighters among the most seriously hurt.

In addition to the houses near the scene of the incident broke Windows and destroyed cities. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole left in the raised highway.

A video taken from a fire service helicopter as firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze and secure the area.

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy.

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