Monday, 24 September, 2018


1 reported dead after accident causes explosion near Bologna airport

Bologna explosion Bologna explosion Huge plumes of smoke were scene rises from the scene
Bennie Garza | 09 August, 2018, 03:12

The explosion was reportedly caused by an accident involving a truck that was transporting flammable substances.

Giovanni Carella, a city official, said the vehicle was probably carrying liquefied gas.

According to CBS, video showed the tanker rear-ending a vehicle on the highway and causing an explosion.

The massive explosion and shock wave were also captured on cell phone video by at least one driver who was stopped to avoid the accident.

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.

The crash, near the airport in Bologna, caused part of a bridge to collapse, with several vehicles in a auto park below it catching fire and exploding.

Fourteen people are seriously injured, La Repubblica reported, citing local police.

"Many of the injured received cuts from flying glass, which had shattered".

Video on social media showed the tanker bursting into a very big mushroom cloud of orange flames and a thick plume of black smoke pouring into the sky.

Italy's transport minister told lawmakers it would cost a maximum of 1 million euros ($1.16 million) and take about five months to fix the highway near Bologna, part of a key junction that connects highways linking northern Italy and the Adriatic coast, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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

Many people had evacuated the area, due to the thick black smoke, but also while firefighters checked to see if buildings where windows had been blown out were safe to enter.

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

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