Several dead, injured as motorway bridge collapses in Italy

GENOA: A section of a giant motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday in Genoa, with several people feared dead and dozens injured in what Italy’s transport minister said was an “immense tragedy”.
Some Italian media, citing sources within the interior ministry, said that at least 22  people had died, though it was not immediately possible to confirm this figure.
Rescuers scouring through the wreckage after part of a viaduct of the A10 freeway in the northern port city collapsed said there were “tens of victims”, while images from the scene showed an entire carriageway plunged on to railway lines below.
Cars and trucks were trapped in the rubble and nearby buildings damaged, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.
Italian media reported that 200 metres of the “Morandi” bridge had fallen away.
The Italian fire service said that the viaduct, located in an industrial area in the west of the city, collapsed at around noon.
“I’m following with the utmost apprehension what is happening in Genoa and what looks like it could be an immense tragedy,” transport and infrastructure minister Danilo Toninelli said on Twitter.
Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini said he was following events in Genoa “up to the minute” and thanked the emergency services for their swift response.
A fire service spokesperson told a news agency that the bridge had mostly fallen on rail tracks 100 metres below and that “cars and trucks” had fallen with the rubble.
“Firefighters are working together and teams of rescuers and police sniffer dogs have been mobilised,” emergency services said on Twitter.
Shares in Italian company Atlantia, which runs much of Italy’s motorway network including the collapsed stretch of the A10, plunged on the Milan stock exchange after the news.
They were down 9.7 per cent at 22.48 euros in mid-afternoon, having earlier been temporarily suspended when they drop exceeded 10 per cent.– Agencies


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