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Family killed as tanker explodes in Italy motorway crash

Six people including two children were killed on Tuesday in an explosion on a motorway in northern Italy, when a family car was shunted into a petrol tanker, police and media reports said.

Family killed as tanker explodes in Italy motorway crash
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Five of the victims — three adults and the children — were travelling together in the car, a Kia, which had a French numberplate according to reports.

The crash happened after a lorry shunted the car, sending it into the back of the tanker, which exploded.

The lorry driver was killed, while the tanker driver escaped alive, reports said.

Police footage showed firefighters tackling the vast blaze on the motorway in Brescia, hampered by fierce flames and a column of thick black smoke which could be seen for miles.

HELICOPTER

One dead in Italian navy helicopter crash

An Italian Navy helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean during a night-time training exercise, killing one, the navy said on Friday.

One dead in Italian navy helicopter crash
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Andrea Fazio, an experienced flight operator based in Catania, Sicily, died after the helicopter crashed into the sea and flipped onto its side as it prepared to land on a patrol boat, the navy said in a statement.

Divers rushed to pull Fazio from the chopper but were unable to revive him. The four other crew members aboard the helicopter escaped without major injuries.

The patrol boat was part of the “Mare Sicuro” (Secure Sea) navy operation in the central Mediterranean.

It was launched in March 2015 to protect oil rigs and fishing boats from ruthless Libyan militias, as well as to combat people trafficking.

The navy has also rescued thousands of migrants during its operations, either by taking them on board or by assisting other rescue ships.

Their onboard helicopters often carry out emergency medical evacuation operations.