Fireball near Bologna airport after road crash explosion

Tanker explodes on the road near Bologna airport

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.

Numerous injured were hit by debris and broken glass from the explosion, Italian media reported.

Several hours after the explosion, firefighters said they had extinguished the flames, ANSA reported.

Police said in a statement that between 60 and 70 people were injured, some with serious burns.

Police said they had closed the motorway where the crash took place as well as the surrounding area on the outskirts of Bologna. Dashcam footage and photos of the explosion have gone viral. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the highway next to the tanker.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

He said he thought the tanker had probably been carrying liquid petroleum gas.

Italy's infrastructure and transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, said authorities were working to ensure traffic would be able to move smoothly "on such a critical stretch".

Witnesses and local reports suggest that a lorry carrying other cars was involved in the crash.

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

A fuel tanker erupted into an enormous fireball after crashing Monday on a highway in northern Italy, leaving one dead and at least 55 others injured.

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