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Rescuers scouring through the wreckage said there were “tens of victims”, while images  showed an entire carriageway plunged on to railway lines below.
Rescuers scouring through the wreckage said there were “tens of victims”, while images  showed an entire carriageway plunged on to railway lines below.

Dozens Dead in Genoa Bridge Collapse

Dozens Dead in Genoa Bridge Collapse

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”.
A section of the bridge crashed down from a height of about 50 meters over a river and some railroad tracks and buildings. It collapsed at about 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall, the local fire brigade said, Reuters reported.
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.
Helicopter footage on social media showed trucks and cars stranded on either side of the roughly 80-meter long collapsed section of the bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.
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, which was 1.2 km long in total, 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 highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France’s southern coast. Train services around Genoa have been halted.
The office of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he was heading to Genoa in the evening and would remain there on Wednesday. Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta said the army was ready to offer manpower and vehicles to help with the rescue operations.

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