13 others were injured. A 650-foot section of the Morandi bridge, part of the A10 highway that connects Italy to France, collapsed over an industrial zone just after 12 p.m. local time. The victims appear to all have been in vehicles when the structure crumbled. They plunged nearly 300 feet to the ground. The concrete pieces also crushed two warehouses below, but officials believe no one was inside because the buildings were closed for summer holiday. Two people had been pulled out of vehicles alive. The number of casualties is expected to grow as the rubble is removed. The A10 is also connecting Genoa with the nearby Cristoforo Colombo Airport.
Collapsed bridge in Genoa
The transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, earlier said the collapse was likely “an enormous tragedy.” The exact cause of the collapse was unclear. “It was just after 11:30 a.m. when we saw the lighting bolt hit the bridge and we saw the bridge go down,” a witness said. Around 200 firefighters worked at the site.The bridge was inaugurated in 1967 and is about 0.6 miles long. It’s an interchange between the northern regions of Lombardy and Piedmont and the beaches of Liguria. Two years before the deadly collapse, an engineer said the bridge was bound for disaster.
At least 35 people were killed in the bridge collapse.