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At Least 22 Dead As Motorway Bridge Collapses In Italy

At Least 22 Dead As Motorway Bridge Collapses In Italy

At least 22 people are reported to be dead after a large section of a road bridge collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy.

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It's believed about 10 vehicles were involved when a 200 metre (650ft) section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed during a sudden and violent storm, according to Sky News.

The Italian deputy minister says at least 22 are dead with a further eight injured.

The structure collapsed shortly before noon local time (10:00 GMT) during heavy rain.

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The BBC reported that photographs from the scene show huge sections of rubble on the ground beneath the middle of the bridge.

One truck can be seen still perched at the end of the surviving section.

A witness told Sky Italia television he saw 'eight or nine' vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he called an 'apocalyptic scene'.

Transport Minister, Danilo Toninelli, said in a tweet that he was 'following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy'.

The bridge was constructed in the 1960s and restructuring work was carried out in 2016.

But ANSA news agency have said that the collapse is believed to have been caused by a structural weakness.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Bridge, World News, breaking news, News, Italy

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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