Truck Collision Sparks Fireball in Bologna, Italy, Injuring 70 and Killing 2

A tanker crashed into the back of a truck stopped in traffic on one of Italy’s busiest highways in Bologna, near Borgo Panigale, causing immediate explosion. Almost 70 people were injured and 2 killed in the blast.
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Scenes from the accident were uploaded on social media by the Italian fire service and eyewitnesses. The crash was captured on surveillance cameras, showing the tanker speeding right into the truck stopped in traffic.

The tanker was full of flammable material, so the explosion was immediate. A huge fireball spread on the highway, with the majority of those injured being burned by the flames or hit by flying debris and shards of glass. Reports in the Italian media note that the windows of nearby buildings were also shattered by the blast of the explosion.

“The shockwave from the blast was extremely violent. Many of the injured received cuts from flying glass, which had shattered,” Giovanni Carella, the emergency coordinator for the local fire service, explained.

The blast was felt all the way to the airport terminal, reports say.

As the fire burned strong, part of the bridge collapsed. The fire then spread to a carpark below, with several cars catching fire and exploding, the BBC reports.

Until authorities cleared the highway, many roads in Borgo Panigale were shut down. This caused further delay in traffic, as they served as connection to the nearby airport, which is used by many tourists, especially now that the holiday season is at its peak.

An investigation into the causes of the crash is currently underway. An estimate of the damage caused in the blast hasn’t been made yet, but authorities should go on the record with more details in the coming hours.

As of this moment, all fires have been extinguished and the situation is under control.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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