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Dozens feared dead in Italy motorway bridge collapse

Italy bridge collapse 3to2

Dozens of people are dead after a major motorway bridge in Italy collapsed.

Deputy transport secretary Edoardo Rixi has confirmed that at least 22 people have died in the collapse. 

A further eight people have been taken to hospital with various injuries, after a large section of a concrete road bridge in Genoa fell some around 45m.

At least 20 cars and trucks travelling across the live motorway bridge fell around 45m onto railway tracks below as the bridge collapsed following storms in the area. 

Italian transport minister Danilo Toninelli has described it as an “immense tragedy”.

Genova bridge collapse

Genova bridge collapse

Built in the 1960s, the Morandi bridge is part of the viaduct Polcevera-Morandi on the A10 exit to Genoa Airport. 

Inaugurated in 1967, the bridge is around 1.2km long.

The Italian police, the Polizia di Stato, has released a video of the collapse and said a “violent cloudburst” occurred at the time of the collapse.

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