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Tanker truck explodes on Italian highway; at least three dead

by Justin King

The semi was reportedly hauling liquefied petroleum gas when it rear-ended another vehicle and caught fire.

Police in Italy have reported at least three deaths and as many as 70 injuries after a tanker truck exploded on a Bologna highway.

The tanker is said to have been carrying liquefied petroleum gas when it was involved in a rear-end collision. A relatively small initial fire was followed by an enormous explosion.

The explosion caused part of the highway to collapse, igniting cars in a Peugeot dealership beneath the roadway. Several witness videos show a fireball and mushroom cloud.

A local health agency told at least 55 people were taken to the hospital for first-, second-, and third-degree burns. Other reports suggest some victims were injured by flying glass and other debris.

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