Italy Truck Explosion Kills 2, Injures Dozens and Causes Highway Collapse

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A tanker truck rear-ended another vehicle on a crowded expressway in the Italian city of Bologna, killing two and injuring up to 70 people in a massive explosion that collapsed part of the highway.

Some of the injured suffered severe burns, authorities said. The midday accident just north of the city created a huge fireball that melted asphalt and created shock waves that shattered windows in a police barracks, injuring some officers.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported the truck was carrying liquefied petroleum gas.

Police video showed the tanker plowing into the back of a truck stopped in traffic. An immediate fire erupted and authorities cleared the highway of most vehicles. A short while later the entire tanker blew up, sending flames across eight lanes of highway and beyond, according to The Associated Press.

After great clouds of black smoke dissipated, a gaping hole could be seen in the expressway.

A woman living more than half a mile away said residents had to flee because of the smoke.

"I was in the house and I heard a huge bang and screams from the window. I saw a huge plume of smoke," Crisina Felicani told Sky TG24. "There was panic in the neighborhood, because it wasn't clear what happened."

The explosion closed a major interchange connecting northern Italy to the Adriatic coast, a popular vacation destination.


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