Video shows deadly explosion on highway in Bologna, Italy

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A fuel tanker erupted into an enormous fireball after crashing Monday on a highway in northern Italy, leaving one dead and at least 55 others injured.

A video published on Twitter by the Italian fire service shows a huge column of black smoke billowing from the wreckage of the truck on the city's ring road.

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

In a tweet, Bologna Airport said it wasn't affected by the explosion. "My vehicle is still under the flyover, I am waiting to see if and when I can get it back", Marco Rosadini, from Arezzo, Italy, told Italian news agency ANSA.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Italian news agencies have reported that multiple injuries were caused by flying glass from broken windows.

A video shot from a parked vehicle at the moment of the explosion appeared to show someone being engufled by flames when the tanker exploded. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the highway next to the tanker.

According to the MailOnline, officers have said the blast could be felt in the busy terminal and was caused by an accident on the nearby motorway. 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.

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