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‘Dozens’ feared dead after Italian motorway bridge collapses over Genoa

‘Dozens’ feared dead after Italian motorway bridge collapses over Genoa”

Part of a motorway viaduct in the northwestern Italian city of Genoa collapsed on Tuesday, the local fire brigade said, adding that several cars could have been involved in the accident.

The Genoa ambulance service says there are dozens dead following the incident.

Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was 'following with great apprehension what seems like an huge tragedy'.

The crossing, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s, was last reconstructed in 2016.

A number of cars and trucks were trapped in the rubble.

Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather.

The moment shocked residents who can be heard in the video screaming "Oh my God".

Many emergency vehicles are on site and two people have already been rescued from under the rubble.

Private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Tuesday over an industrial zone, and firefighters told The Associated Press there are concerns about gas lines.

This photo released by Italian firefighters shows a truck stopped where the highway bridge collapsed in Genoa on August 14, 2018.

The collapse is believed to have been caused by a structural weakness, the ANSA news agency said.



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