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At Least One Person Is Dead After A Huge Highway Explosion In Italy

A tanker truck carrying explosive materials collided with an auto transport trailer in Bologna.

Posted on August 6, 2018, at 12:23 p.m. ET

At least one person is dead and more than 70 are injured after an accident triggered a huge highway explosion in Bologna on Monday, according to Italian police.

The explosion was caused when a tanker carrying liquid petroleum gas collided with an auto transport trailer, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Forte #esplosione vicino #tangenziale e #Aeroporto #bologna

The fiery collision happened on an overpass bridge, which then partially collapsed, causing the fire to spread to a parking lot below the structure.

Videos of the fireball erupting in the air were posted to social media.

The highway patrol division of Italy's national police force, the Polizia di Stato, uploaded videos of the devastating damage done to the roads.

#bologna #BORGOPANIGALE Sul posto la #PoliziaStradale sta predisponendo modifiche alla viabilità perché il tratto è chiuso. Si sconsiglia di avvicinarsi alla zona https://t.co/BhYKiRVy4u

The affected area of the highway (or, more accurately, what remains of it) has been closed in both directions.

Chiuso raccordo autostradale tra Bologna Casalecchio e il bivio con la A14 Bologna-Taranto, in entrambe le direzioni, a causa di un incidente al km 3 che ha visto coinvolta un' autocisterna. Chiuso anche il relativo tratto tangeziale In corso rilievi #poliziastradale @StradeAnas https://t.co/tUZBBBTM0H

Per Italian media reports, windows in buildings near the crash site shattered during the explosion.

#BorgoPanigale #6ago 15.00, squadre #vigilidelfuoco al lavoro: inviate sul posto sezioni operative, nucleo #usar e #cinofili. In corso la ricognizione aerea elicottero reparto volo di Bologna https://t.co/TtPdGSFWz1

Nearby Bologna Airport posted a message to Twitter confirming that it was not affected by the blaze and that flights had not been disrupted.

Huge #explosion on the #Bologna motorway, #Bologna airport is not involved, flights are running regularly

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