Northern Italian City of Genoa a Motorway Bridge Collapsed

In the Northern Italian city of Genoa a motorway bridge collapsed today August 14, atleast seven people are dead and four people have been rescued. In what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. Italian State Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Edoardo Rixi said on Tuesday. The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. (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. 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”.

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