Bologna airport explosion near motorway in northern Italy

  • Bologna airport explosion near motorway in northern Italy

Bologna airport explosion near motorway in northern Italy

The bridge collapsed under the force of the blast, spreading the fire to a auto park where several other vehicles caught fire and exploded.

The explosion happened after an accident that involved a truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

Italian police said between 60 and 70 people had been injured, some with severe burns, in the midday accident on a major highway north of the city.

Firefighters are now battling the flames at the scene on the bypass in Borgo Panigale, according to local reports. Circulation compromised, not only on the motorway, but also in the Borgo Panigale area'.

The collision sent a huge ball of fire and billows of black smoke soaring into the sky.

Handout. / Reuters A general view of the motorway shortly after the incident.

A video shot from a parked vehicle at the moment of the explosion appeared to show a man engufled by flames when the tanker exploded.

Another questioned: "What's with the explosion near Bologna airport in Italy?".

Some of the dozens who were injured were struck by flying glass by blown-out windows, Italian news channel Sky TG24 reported.