'Dozens Of Deaths' As Motorway Bridge Collapses In Italian City Of Genoa

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2018

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the northern Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft).

Firefighters searching the rubble with dogs for survivors have so far rescued one person who has been flown to hospital by helicopter.

Images show the bridge - which sits above an industrial site - with a large centre piece missing.

About a dozen vehicles were likely on the bridge when it collapsed, Italy's ANSA news agency says.

A local news website, Il Secolo XIX, reported at least 20 victims, and said more people could be buried in the rubble. Rescue workers told the outlet that "several crushed vehicles are under the rubble with dead people inside". Italy's interior ministry has officially confirmed the death of 11 people in the disaster, ANSA reports. The collapse took place as torrential rain fell in the region.

It crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings.

Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather.

The bridge, also known as the Polcevera Viaduct, was designed by Italian civil engineer Riccardo Morandi and completed in 1968.

Precise figures for the number of casualties were unclear.

Italy's Ambulance Service have said there are "dozens of dead" as a result of the collapse.

Emergency services said the bridge collapsed due to "structural weakness".

Other images showed a green truck that had stopped on the bridge just metres short of the gaping hole. We are in close contact with Autostrade (company managing Italian highways) and we are going to the the site with the deputy Minister Rixi.

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