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Italy explosion: At least two dead in highway blast

Italy explosion: At least two dead in highway blast

According to police, the incident took place at Bologna Casalecchio and the junction with the A14 route from Bologna to Taranto.

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy.

In a statement on Twitter the police said: "Due to an accident on the highway, an explosion occurred resulting in a fire at Via Marco Emilio Lepido".

Fireball-like flames and thick black smoke were seen near the Bologna airport.

Italian media reported that numerous injured were hit by debris and glass after the explosion.

Giovanni Carella, a city official, said the vehicle was probably carrying liquefied gas. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the raised highway next to the tanker.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Italian television Sky TG24 said flames from the first explosion set off secondary blasts in a new auto lot below. "I saw a huge plume of smoke", Crisina Felicani told Sky TG24.

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

At least two people have died and up to 70 have been injured after two trucks collided on a motorway in Italy.

Firefighters have since extinguished the blaze.

Italian police posted a video showing the damage down to the bridge after the blast, showing a crater in the road.

Reuters Scores of people have been injured in the blast.

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