Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Fuel tanker erupts into massive fireball after crashing on highway

Fuel tanker erupts into massive fireball after crashing on highway

The AP reports a bridge has partially collapsed.

More than a dozen people were seriously injured, local media said.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

There has been a huge explosion close to Bologna Airport sending a huge fireball into the sky.

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

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Police closed the road where the crash happened as well as the surrounding area in Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of the city.

Firefighters have since put out the blaze, a spokesman said, adding that efforts were under way to ascertain the cause of the explosion and the precise number of victims. Videos show flames shooting up in the air after the explosion, replaced later by a thick black cloud of smoke.

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Google Maps/HuffPost UK The explosion took place in the northern Italian city of Bologna on Monday.

Italian firefighters tweeted that they've sent multiple rescue and emergency squads, including one from their urban search and rescue team.

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

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