At least 56 injured after truck collision sparks explosion on Bologna highway

Lamar Ellis
August 7, 2018

At least one person died and more than 40 others were injured on Monday after a tanker truck exploded on a motorway outside the northern Italian city of Bologna.

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

The clip shows a huge part of the motorway overpass caved in after an explosion caused a fire to break out in the Italian city.

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

A massive explosion was reported near Bologna airport in Northern Italy.

Residents living on the other side of Bologna said they heard the blast. "Numerous injured received cuts from flying glass, which had shattered", said Giovanni Carella, the emergency coordinator for the local fire service.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

The accident closed down a key section of a major north-south highway that is heavily used year-round, but especially as Italy heads into next week's peak summer holiday travel period.

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

A lorry carrying cars reportedly collided with a tanker containing flammable materials.

Italian police posted a video showing the damage down to the bridge after the blast, showing a crater in the road.

Several people are believed to have been injured as well as two people dead.

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