Video shows deadly explosion on highway in Bologna, Italy

07 August, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Tanker explodes on the road near Bologna airport

Thick black smoke was seen rising up in the air from miles away from the site of the blast.

Italian news agency Ansa has reported that two people died and more than 60 others were injured following the blast. "I thought it was an attack".

Local police said that there had been a collision on the motorway and an explosion happened in the subsequent fire.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Circulation compromised, not only on the motorway, but also in the Borgo Panigale area'.

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

Numerous injured were hit by debris and broken glass from the explosion, Italian media reported. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the raised highway next to the tanker.

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The Italian television Sky TG24 said flames from the explosion set off secondary blasts in a new vehicle lot below.

"I was in the house and I heard a huge bang and screams from the window".

In a separate accident in the southern Italian region of Puglia, 12 farm workers were killed Monday when the van they were traveling in overturned, ANSA reported.

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Local authorities say the tanker was driving on an 8-lane elevated span of Autostrada 14-Italy's second-longest highway, running the length of the Adriatic coast-when it rear-ended another large truck that was stopped in traffic. Video released by police shows an extensive crater and the charred remains of the destroyed truck.

At least two of the injured are police officers, the Italian highway patrol told CNN.

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

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