This is not a movie. This happened today, in Bologne.

This is not a movie. This happened today, in Bologne. - Blog

I saw this on TV, and was so baffled my first thought was to post about it in here. I mean, it’s kind of car related, I guess.
So, what went on?
Bologne, A14 motorway, 14:40. The driver of a truck (or lorry, or rig, depending on where you live) transporting LPG crashed into the back of another, in what I can only assume is either driver error (the police has suggested he fell asleep at the wheel) or pure brake failure. Whichever the cause, the crash is so violent it punts the other lorry clear of the barrier and immediately sparks an immense fire.

This is not a movie. This happened today, in Bologne. - Blog

And if you think that’s something, wait until a couple minutes later, when the roads are fortunately well clear, and the LPG… well, does its thing, really.

Yes, that's a car down there.
Yes, that's a car down there.

The aftermaths are as disasterous as you’d expect, with fumes visible at miles of distance and fire reaching cars parked in front of a nearby dealership, which caught fire and reportedly exploded as well, shattering the windows of some nearby shops and buildings (which will need some repair work but are still structurally sound).

This is not a movie. This happened today, in Bologne. - Blog

Despite the scale of the incident, only one victim (the driver) is reported. Of course, still one too many, but things could’ve certainly have gone a whole lot worse.

The hole left by the explosion.
The hole left by the explosion.

Firemen, police, and countless ambulances have been swiftly deployed, sending the many injured (reportedly 145, or thereabouts) to hospitals throughout the entire region.
Though of course in varying condition, it seems everyone will make it.

The rather shocking footage of the incident is below, but, as the police warns, it may not be best suited for the faint of heart.

UPDATE: As of today, work on demolishing the remains of the bridge has already been started, with a rather uncommon swiftness (may I suggest the media coverage and large political attention the incident received might have a thing or two to do with it?).
A couple more details have been published, which I added throughout my post.
UPDATE #2: One lane (still structurally sound after the explosion) has already been opened, and the damage has been estimated to be around 10m€

Special thanks to all those who talked about and complimented my article in CT’s!