Bologna explosion near airport

Italian firefighters an helicopter view of the explosion on a highway in the outskirts of Bologna Italy Monday Aug. 6 2018. The explosion was reportedly caused by an accident involving a truck that was transporting flamm

Italian firefighters an helicopter view of the explosion on a highway in the outskirts of Bologna Italy Monday Aug. 6 2018. The explosion was reportedly caused by an accident involving a truck that was transporting flamm

Two people have been killed and at least 60 injured, Italian outlet La Stampa reports.

The crash, near the airport in Bologna, caused part of a bridge to collapse, with several vehicles in a auto park below it catching fire and exploding. Circulation compromised, not only on the motorway, but also in the Borgo Panigale area'.

Local police said there had been a collision on the motorway and an explosion happened in the subsequent fire.

Witnesses and local reports suggest that a auto transporter was involved in the crash.

The road has been closed and emergency services are at the scene. Video released by police shows an extensive crater and the charred remains of the destroyed truck.

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

One Twitter user said: "I was literally looking out my window and suddenly there was a lot of fire in the air".

Dramatic footage taken from a helicopter showed the enormity of the blast site in Bologna, frequently referred to as Italy's food capital and which right now is packed with tourists on summer holidays.

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