1 dead, dozens injured after road accident causes explosion near Italy's Bologna

An explosion has been witnessed in Bologna Italy

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.

Police closed the highway and the surrounding area of Borgo Panigale.

A lorry carrying cars collided on a bridge with another full of flammable materials, Italian media say.

Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene, and those injured have been transported to nearby Maggiore Hospital - some suffering serious burns.

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Video footage and photos uploaded to Twitter show a huge fireball and plumes of smoke rising in the sky in the northern city.

An oil tanker explosion in Bologna, Italy partially collapsed a bridge on the motorway circling the city's airport, on Monday afternoon.

One person has been confirmed dead and there are at least 100 injured, according to Bologna newspaper Il Resto del Carlino on Tuesday morning. Upon impact, the truck exploded in flames.

The news agency ANSA said the tanker was carrying liquefied petroleum gas.

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Carabinieri said the force of the explosion blew out windows on their barracks, injuring some officers with flying glass.

A video taken from a fire service helicopter as firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze and secure the area.

Police said: "Due to an accident on the highway, an explosion occurred resulting in a fire at Via Marco Emilio Lepido".

The explosion reportedly came after a traffic accident.

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'I am here today to demonstrate the closeness of the government to the people who are suffering, but also to understand why so that these things are not repeated, ' Mr Conte said.

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