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Scores injured after major explosion on Italian highway

09 August 2018, 03:09 | Erica Roy

Video gran of fireball emanating after the explosion near Italy Airport

Video gran of fireball emanating after the explosion near Italy Airport

Giovanni Carella, a city official, said the vehicle was probably carrying liquefied gas.

Video of the incident showed the tanker truck, which contained inflammable materials, slamming into the back of a lorry which had come to a halt because of heavy traffic.

Video released by police shows an extensive crater and the charred remains of the destroyed truck.

The blast was triggered when the tanker truck collided with another truck, and that caused a partial collapse of the flyover onto a road below.

The bridge partly collapsed and fire spread to a auto park below, where several more vehicles exploded.

A member of the local Civil Protection Agency who also declined to give her name told Xinhua that "we know people have been injured and ambulances are on site".


As many as 70 people were injured, some with serious burns.

A video published on Twitter by the fire service showed a huge column of black smoke billowing from the wreckage of the truck. The interchange connects two major highways linking northern Italy with the Adriatic coast, a popular destination as Italy heads into its major summer holiday next week.

The tanker immediately caught fire, and then exploded a short time later across eight lanes, collapsing part of the raised highway.

Terrified residents reported their houses "shook" at around 12.50pm, as shattered glass led to a number of injuries. Many people were injured from debris that flew around during the explosion.

Firefighters have extinguished the blaze and begun to investigate why it happened.



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