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Collapsed Genoa bridge a major tourist road

The collapse of a busy overpass in northern Italy has left numerous people dead.


A major part of the Morandi Bridge near the port city of Genoa collapsed during a heavy storm at around noon on Tuesday, leaving dozens of cars hurtling towards a stream some 45 metres below.


Image AP / Antonio Calanni


Reports place the number of fatalities at more than 30, but several people remain missing and the search and rescue mission is expected to span several days. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at least another 16 were injured.


The A10 motorway, which runs across the bridge, is a main artery for tourists as well as locals as it connects the city with the airport and links the Italian Mediterranean with French coastal cities to the west.


The tragedy happened during the peak tourist season and just a day before a national public holiday when many Italians travel to coastal areas, CNN reported. According to the broadcaster, police said violent storms were partly responsible for the tragedy.


Roads authority Autostrade also said that maintenance work was being carried out at the time to consolidate parts of the bridge.


But an engineering professor told Radio Capital that he had warned in 2016 that the 1960s bridge needed to be completely rebuilt as it had deteriorated too rapidly.


Eyewitnesses have told accounts of hearing a loud noise just before the bridge gave way.


No Australians have been reported among those caught up in the incident.   


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 August 2018

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