Have people been killed as section of highway bridge collapses during storm in Genoa?

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  • POSTED ON 14 Aug 2018

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In Genoa, Italy, people have died after a 260ft section of a highway bridge collapsed during a storm. 

According to CBS News, Italy's Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi claimed that at least 22 people were killed and 8 more injured.

Cars plummeted 300ft into a river, railroad tracks and buildings after the Morandi bridge collapsed at 11;30am local time. 

According to the head of the local ambulance service, there were 'dozens of dead' in what was deemed 'an immense tragedy' by the transport minister. 

One witness described the incident as an 'apocalyptic scene.'

Fire-fighters searching the rubble with dogs for survivors have rescued 2 people so far, 1 of which has been flown to hospital by a helicopter.

Amalia Tedeschi, an official with Italian fire-fighters, told RAI state TV that around 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, had been caught up in the collapse. She confirmed that 2 injured people had been extracted alive from vehicles. 

Danilo Toninelli, the Transport Minister, tweeted that he was ''following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy.' 

According to the Daily Mail, some of the bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sparking fears that gas lines may have been damaged. 

The incident happened on a highway that connects Italy to France and other holiday areas on the eve of a major Italian holiday, Ferragosto, meaning that there would have been more traffic than usual as many Italians travelled to beaches or mountains. 

Matteo Salvini, the Interior Minister, claimed that some 200 fire-fighters were acting in response to the event. He tweeted 'We are following minute by minute the situation for the bridge collapse in Genoa'. 

The Morandi Bridge was inaugurated in 1967. It is 90 yards in height, just over 3 quarters of a mile long, with the longest section between supports being 200 yards. In 2016, restructuring work was carried out on the bridge. 

The bridge is the main thoroughfare linking the A10 highway heading towards France with the A7 highway going in the direction of Milan.

Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs the motorway, were suspended after declining by 4.6% after the collapse.