‘At least 11 killed’ after bridge collapses in Genoa during storm

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At least 11 people are reported to have been killed after a bridge collapsed in the north-western Italian city of Genoa during a storm, sending around 20 vehicles plunging 260ft into a heap of rubble below.

A firefighters’ spokeswoman said two people had been pulled alive from the rubble from the Morandi Bridge after a section collapsed onto an industrial area below.

Transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse “an enormous tragedy”.

Broadcaster Sky TG24 said the section of the bridge collapsed over an industrial zone. Firefighters have also raised concerns about gas lines.

A truck at the bridge edge
A truck stopped right at the edge of the area where the Morandi bridge collapsed (Vigili Del Fuoco/AP)

Video captured the sound of a man screaming: “Oh god, oh, god.” Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just yards short of the gaping hole in the bridge.

Rescuers at work
Rescuers work in the debris (AP)

He said on Twitter: “We are following minute by minute the situation for the bridge collapse in Genoa.”

A helicopter at the scene
One person was said to have been pulled alive from the rubble (AP)

The bridge is a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 highway heading towards France and the A7 highway that continues north towards Milan.

ANSA said authorities believe a structural weakness caused the collapse.

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