A road bridge in Italy has collapsed onto a live motorway during a lifting operation, killing two people.
Autostrade, Italy’s highways authority, said that an overpass had collapsed onto a section of the A14 Bologna to Taranto bridge between Loreto and Ancona South due to “a failure of temporary structure of support of the overpass”.
It pointed to the failure of piles on the temporary works used to raise the bridge as the cause, and said it was not a structural failure of the overpass itself. It moved to reassure the public about the safety of overpasses on the motorway network, which it said are constantly monitored and controlled.
The authority said that the bridge was undergoing infrastructure improvement work at the time following the widening of the highway underneath to three lanes. The structure which collapsed was closed to traffic, however it fell on to a car travelling underneath, killing two people.
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The report said that work to lift the bridge section was completed by 11.30am local time and the bridge collapsed at 1pm.
The motorway underneath appears to have barriers cordoning off the outermost lanes which were partially crushed in the collapse.
An Italian engineering firm was on the site at the time.
It is reported that two workers from the firm Delabech were injured when they fell as the structure collapsed.