A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France has collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 metres into a heap of rubble below.
- At least 20 vehicles believed to be involved in the collapse
- Two people pulled alive from rubble
- Transport Minister says collapse is “an immense tragedy”
Italian Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said at least 22 people were confirmed dead.
Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, had been caught up in the collapse of a stretch of bridge some 80 metres in length.
She said two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble, and officials said they were being transported by helicopter to a hospital.
The private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below.