Bridge Collapses Near Italian City Of Genoa

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2018

It is believed there were a number of cars on the bridge at the time of the collapse.

"The maintenance of the bridge should have come before anything else, those responsible will pay until the very last cent". He said they were still trying to figure out the reason for the collapse.

Borrelli said highway engineers were checking the safety of the bridge at other points and that some areas were being evacuated as a precaution.

Tedeschi said the part of the bridge that collapsed was about 80 metres in length. That's one of the most important bridges in the city.

The elevated road crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings. That included the trash management offices for the city of Genoa.

This story has been corrected to reflect that the city of Genoa is located in northern Italy. Italy's Interior Ministry says 11 died in the accident, according to ANSA.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that France was "by Italy's side in this tragedy and is ready to offer all necessary support". The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France's southern coast.

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

"Unfortunately there are around 30 dead and many injured in a serious condition", Salvini told reporters in the Sicilian city of Catania. She confirmed that two people had been extracted alive from vehicles, with injuries. Heavy machinery is moving large pieces of the bridge as rescuers use sniffer dogs to search for victims. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate.

A section of a viaduct on the A10 motorway collapsed on Tuesday with cars and trucks trapped in the rubble, firefighters said. A bridge crane had been installed to allow those works to be carried out, the operator said in a statement.

"The tragic facts in Genoa remind us of the public investments that we so badly need", said Claudio Borghi, economics spokesman of the right-wing League party, which governs with the 5-Star Movement.

Salvini said 200 firefighters and other rescue personnel are on the scene.

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