Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Giant Italian bridge collapse wreaks havoc in city of Genoa

Giant Italian bridge collapse wreaks havoc in city of Genoa

The dramatic collapse of a 1.2km motorway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa has killed at least 35 people and badly injured 15 people when dozens of vehicles fell 45m, police said.

More than 400 people were evacuated from buildings near or below the still-standing section of the bridge. The death toll is likely to rise as multiple people remain missing.

Firefighters heard voices under the rubble and pulled out seven survivors, fire official Bruno Frattasi told the state broadcaster RAI.

The Red Cross reported that 11 people had been rescued from the rubble alive.

Italy defender Domenico Criscito, now a Genoa player, also spoke after the disaster, revealing that he had been driving on the bridge a mere 10 minutes before it fell. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said three children were among the dead.

The government has already pledged to increase public investment and lobby the European Commission to have the extra spending excluded from EU deficit calculations. It said that simply updating or reinforcing the bridges would be more expensive than destroying and rebuilding them with new technology.

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The affected portion of the Morandi Bridge was some 80 metres long. One truck was stopped just a few feet from the edge of the chasm - the edge of the bridge sheared cleanly off.

Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016. "It was really an apocalyptic scene, I couldn't believe my eyes".

Around 200 firefighters and sniffer dogs searched for survivors among the wreckage.

"It's not acceptable that such an important bridge. was not built to avoid this kind of collapse", Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said on SkyNews24, speaking from Genoa. "We can't live with infrastructures built in the 1950s and 1960s".

Transportation Minister Danilo Toninelli called the collapse "an enormous tragedy", adding that if negligence played a role, "whoever made a mistake must pay".

Autostrade, a unit of Atlantia, said work to shore up its foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse.

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"The collapse was unexpected and unpredictable. The bridge was constantly monitored and supervised well beyond what the law required".

Mehdi Kashani, an associate professor in structural mechanics at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, said pressure from "dynamic loads", such as heavy traffic or wind, could have resulted in "fatigue damage" in the bridge's parts.

Autostrade said it would work with investigators, and that it was already assessing how to rebuild the bridge.

He said the hypothesis for the collapse was a structural failure. "But there will be a time when the cost of maintenance will be higher than a replacement", he told Italian media Primocanale. The motorway it carries is a major artery from northern Italy's industrial centres to the Italian Riviera and to France's southern coast.

A section of a giant motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday in Genoa, injuring several people in what Italy's transport minister said was an "immense tragedy".

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