Fireball near Bologna Airport after Road Crash Explosion

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A general view of the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
A general view of the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. Italian Firefighters Press Office/Handout via REUTERS
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ROME (Reuters)

Two trucks collided on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy on Monday, sending a huge ball of fire and billows of black smoke soaring into the sky

At least one person was killed and around 55 were injured, 14 seriously, according to local media.

Police said they had closed off the road where the crash took place as well as the surrounding area in Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna.

 

Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Italian media said a lorry carrying cars collided on a bridge with another tanker lorry containing inflammable materials.

Part of the bridge collapsed and the resulting explosion and fire spread to a carpark below the bridge, where several other vehicles caught fire and exploded.

 

A general view of the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
A general view of the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. Italian Firefighters Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

 

Firefighters and ambulances headed to the scene.

A video shot from a parked car at the moment of the explosion appeared to show someone being engufled by flames when the tanker exploded.

 

(Reporting By Gavin Jones; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

 

 

Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
Firefighters work on the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

 

A fire is seen after an accident caused a large explosion at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
A fire is seen after an accident caused a large explosion at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy August 6, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Alberto Rodriguez/via REUTERS

 

An explosion is seen at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
An explosion is seen at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy August 6, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Daniele Giovanardi/via REUTERS

 

A fire is seen after an accident caused a large explosion at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
A fire is seen after an accident caused a large explosion at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy August 6, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Alberto Rodriguez/via REUTERS

 

Firefighters work near the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna
Firefighters work near the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer