Fuel truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

Fuel truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

Fuel truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

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

The police blockaded the motorway in Bologna's Borgo Panigale area - where the blast occurred. The explosion sent flames soaring into the air.

One person died and 60 were injured when a tanker crashed on an elevated ring road in Bologna today, sending up a massive fireball and causing the road to collapse.

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

Google Maps/HuffPost UK The explosion took place in the northern Italian city of Bologna on Monday.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

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

Residents living on the other side of Bologna said they heard the blast. It reportedly took several hours for firefighters to extinguish the inferno; while some of the injured have severe burns, others were hit by flying glass when the initial shockwave broke nearby windows, according to Associated Press.

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

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

A huge explosion has rocked a motorway near an airport in northern Italy - killing one and leaving 55 people seriously injured.

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