Bologna Bridge Explosion Leaves 3 Dead, 70 Injured, Italian Police Say

August 6, 2018 Updated: August 6, 2018

An explosion killed at least two people and injured dozens more near the Italian city of Bologna in an incident that caused a bridge to partially collapse.

Italian police told the ANSA news agency on Aug. 6 that 14 people were seriously injured in the explosion, which was caused by a vehicle carrying flammable materials. The incident, which took place near the Bologna Airport, injured at least 50 people in all, but other media outlets reported that as many as 60 or 70 people were hurt.

Video footage and photos posted on social media showed a massive explosion, fireball, and smoke.

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

The explosion also engulfed a nearby Peugeot car dealership and other shops, The Local reported.

The windows of many houses were shattered by the explosion, ANSA also reported.

Some people were reportedly hit by flying glass as windows shattered in nearby buildings.

Officials did not immediately know what kind of materials were in the tanker, but the news agency ANSA said it was liquefied petroleum gas.

The explosion reportedly came after a traffic accident. Videos show flames shooting up in the air after the explosion, replaced later by a thick black cloud of smoke. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the raised highway next to the tanker.

Authorities said a major highway interchange had been closed north of the city due to the accident. 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.

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