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Firefighters say cars and trucks plunged more than 150ft after a section of the A10 suddenly fell onto houses and offices below.
Photographs show a huge section of the A10 near Genoa has broken away sparking fears others could be trapped in the rubble 50ft below. A 100-metre long section of the bridge collapsed and it’s feared “several cars” may have been on the stretch when both carriageways collapsed.
Rescue dog and sonar teams have joined emergency crews at the scene of the collapse on the busy Morandi bridge near the city’s airport. Italian television showed images of the collapsed bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s. Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016.
Huge tailbacks have been reported in all directions.
How did the structure collapse?
It fell around 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) during heavy rain. Police reported a violent cloudburst. “It was just after 11:30 when we saw lightning strike the bridge,” eyewitness Pietro M all’Asa was quoted as saying by Italy’s Ansa news agency. “And we saw the bridge going down.”
Another witness, unnamed, recalled: “We heard an incredible roar and first we thought it was thunder very close by.
“We live about 5km [three miles] from the bridge but we heard a crazy bang… We were very scared… Traffic went completely haywire and the city was paralysed.”
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