At least three people died and 67 were injured after a tanker truck exploded on a highway in Bologna, Italy, a spokesman for Italian state police told CNN.
Marco Granna, a spokesman for the local health agency in Bologna, told CNN that 55 people were taken to the hospital for treatment of first-, second- and third-degree burns.
Accidents, disasters and safety
Business and industry sectors
Business, economy and trade
Energy and utilities
Oil and gas industry
Transportation and warehousing
At least two of the injured are police officers, the Italian highway patrol told CNN.
Footage of the incident showed an enormous fireball and plumes of thick, black smoke in the sky .
The explosion ripped through the pavement, leaving huge holes in the road surface.
According to police, the incident took place at Bologna Casalecchio and the junction with the A14 route from Bologna to Taranto.
Police have warned the public not to go near the area of the explosion.
In a tweet, the national fire brigade said it had deployed a helicopter to help with reconnaissance.
- Three dead in Bologna highway gas tanker explosion
- Gas tanker explodes on a highway in Italy
- Sheriff: Baby Found Dead After Gas Explosion At Paris Home
- Five missing in Oklahoma gas well explosion
- Massive gas line explosion turns sky orange
- Suspected gas explosions reported in MA cities
- Police: Gas leak causes explosion in Paris
- Ramp closed for third night in Enfield following flipped tanker, gas spill
- Gas product spills in Houston Ship Channel after collision involving 755-foot oil tanker and barges
- Five oil rig workers found dead after gas well explosion in Oklahoma