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Two dead, 10 hurt in petrol station blast near Rome

AFP  |  Rome 

Two people were killed and at least 10 injured in an explosion at a petrol station northeast of on Wednesday, firefighters and police said.

The blast occurred when a tanker truck carrying flammable liquid was refuelling at the petrol station on the 30 kilometres outside the capital, according to Italian media.

"A died, as did a civilian," the firefighters tweeted.

Antonio Mannoni, in Rieti -- the closest city to the petrol station -- said 10 people were injured, two seriously.

Ambulances and three helicopters were deployed to transport the casualties to hospitals in

Television footage showed the fire had been brought under control.

The Salaria highway, which connects to Porto d'Ascoli on the coast, was closed in both directions.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 23:45 IST