Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Fireball near Bologna airport after road crash explosion

Tanker explodes on the road near Bologna airport Italy explosion: At least two dead in highway blast
Kenny Thornton | 06 August, 2018, 20:24

Firefighters have since put out the blaze, a spokesman said, adding that efforts were under way to ascertain the cause of the explosion and the precise number of victims.

The blast shook the city, shattering windows in surrounding buildings and destroying cars in two dealerships under the flyover.

Witnesses and local reports suggest that a vehicle transporter was involved in the crash.

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

The explosion occurred near Borgo Paginale to west of the city, very close to Bologna airport, about 2 pm (1200 GMT), the Italian fire service said on Twitter. "Circulation compromised, not only on the motorway, but also in the Borgo Panigale area".

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Italian firefighters tweeted that they had sent multiple rescue and emergency squads, including one from their urban search and rescue team.

Sky News reported that it took three hours for the flames to be fully extinguished.

Two people have been killed and at least 60 injured, Italian outlet La Stampa reports. Some are said to be suffering serious burns.

Officials said they did not know yet what was in the truck's tanks, but Italian news agency ANSA reported it was liquefied petroleum gas.

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