'Dozens dead' in Italian bridge collapse

'Dozens dead' in Italian bridge collapse

It's feared dozens of people could be dead after a motorway bridge collapsed during a violent storm in the Italian city of Genoa.

The Morandi viaduct in Genoa, north-west Italy, collapsed during a fierce rainstorm, sending around 20 vehicles plunging 260ft into a heap of rubble below.

The transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse "an enormous tragedy".

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft).

Ponte Morandi collapsed at approximately 11:30am (9:30am United Kingdom tim) during a torrent of rain, with unconfirmed reports the structure was hit by lightning. The highway operator said work to shore up its foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored.

Witnesses told Sky Italia that they believed at least 10 vehicles were trapped under the rubble.

At least 11 people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday, according to Italian media including RAI and La Republicca. "Oh, God!" Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just short of the edge and the tires of a tractor trailer in the rubble.

The deaths were confirmed by Italian news agency ANSA, citing the Interior Ministry.

Around 200 firefighters are responding to the accident and have told the Associated Press they are concerned about gas lines.

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"Around 30 people are dead and many others are seriously injured", Salvini told to reporters in Sicily.

ANSA said authorities suspected a structural weakness caused the collapse.

The bridge is part of a motorway and is about 100 metres tall.

The Morandi Bridge was inaugurated in 1967. The Morandi bridge connects the A10 highway which links Italy and France to the A7 highway which runs towards the Italian city of Milan.

The bridge, built in the 1960s, had restructuring work performed on it two years ago, according to Reuters.

The office of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he was heading to Genoa in the evening and would remain there on Wednesday.

Genoa is located between the sea and the mountains of north-west Italy.

"The bridge is one of the main two gates to the city, everybody that has been to Genoa by auto has passed by this highway bridge".

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