Italy: Motorway bridge collapses near Genoa; 10 killed

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m .

Police sources said at least 10 people had died. Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it is likely to be an immense tragedy. The head of the local ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, Italian news agency Adnkronos reported.The police linked it to a violent cloudburst.

The collapsed section had mostly fallen on rail tracks below, officials told the AFP news agency, adding that cars and trucks had also fallen.

The bridge, built in the 1960s, is known as the Morandi bridge. The missing section was dozens of metres in length, and ran across the span of the Polcevera stream. Italian newspaper La Repubblica described that part of the city as “densely inhabited”.

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