Two dead and dozens hurt in Italy truck explosion

Two dead and dozens hurt in Italy truck explosion

Two dead and dozens hurt in Italy truck explosion

Officials did not immediately know what kind of materials were in the tanker, but the news agency ANSA said it was liquefied petroleum gas.

A lorry carrying cars collided on a bridge with a tanker containing flammable liquids.

In addition, according to local police, the cause of PE was an accident that happened on the highway.

Firefighters have since extinguished the blaze, a spokesman said, adding that efforts were under way to determine the cause of the explosion and the exact number of victims.

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Most of the videos were taken from inside passing cars where people were able to shield themselves from the blast and subsequent heat.

Police said the accident and subsequent fire and explosion injured between 60 and 70 people, some with severe burns.

Italian media reported that numerous injured were hit by debris and shattered glass after the explosion. Video and photos from witnesses showed a massive fireball shooting into the air on a highway in the suburbs of Bologna on Tuesday afternoon.

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Terrified residents reported their houses "shook" when the vehicle exploded at around 12.50pm.

Sky News reported that it took three hours for the flames to be fully extinguished.

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.

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