Tragedy in Italy: A motorway bridge collapsed, press says at least 11 dead

Newsroom 14/08/2018 | 15:03

A motorway bridge collapsed today in the northern Italian port city of Genoa in what the transport minister said was likely to be an immense tragedy.

The head of the local ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, Italian news agency Adnkronos reported.

The local fire brigade said also victims were likely after the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. during torrential rainfall.

An ambulance official told Reuters the service could only confirm two injured people so far, but they suppose there are unfortunately a lot of dead.

Italian television showed images of the collapsed bridge, which was built on the A10 motorway in the 1960s. Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016 and now, the bridge crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings.

A witness told Sky Italia television he saw “eight or nine” vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an “apocalyptic scene”.

Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was “following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy”.

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