The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa. Picture: Stringer/Reuters
The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa. Picture: Stringer/Reuters

Italy motorway bridge collapses, 'dozens' feared dead

By Reuters Time of article published Aug 14, 2018

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Rome - A motorway bridge collapsed on

Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing

dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in

what the transport minister said was likely to be "an immense

tragedy".

The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around

11.30am (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall. Television

showed images of the collapsed section of the bridge, built on

the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.

The head of the ambulance service said there were "dozens of

dead", according to Italian news agency Adnkronos. At least 10

people were killed and 20 vehicles were involved, local police

sources said.

An ambulance official told Reuters the service could only

confirm two injured people so far, "but we suppose there are

unfortunately a lot of dead".

Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016.

The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the

bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding

that the bridge was constantly monitored.

The elevated road crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and

buildings. The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera

and to France's southern coast. Train services around Genoa have

been halted.

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".

Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs the

motorway, were suspended after falling 6.3 percent after news of

the collapse. 

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