Bridge Collapses in Genoa, Italy, with 35 Deaths Reported


A bridge on the main highway running down the Italian Mediterranean coast collapsed in Genoa, with the death toll reported to be 35 people while others were trapped in the rubble.

A police video showed the viaduct connecting the A10 highway between southern France and the city on the western side of the Italian peninsula, completely cut in two. The Transport Ministry said traffic was interrupted in both directions on the A10 highway, with the disaster happening near the turnoffs for the freeway to Milan and the Genoa airport.
The news agency Ansa said that 35 firemen were killed as dozens of rescue workers continued to dig debris to find survivors.

The Morandi bridge, a heavily-trafficked infrastructure as well as a dense passage between Genoa neighborhoods, opened in 1967 and was 1,1 kilometers (0.7 miles) high at 45 meters (148 feet) above the Polcevera River.

Great blow
The collapse has had negative consequences for the economy of Italy and it has been a major blow to both the port city and sea and land transport. Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Edoardo Rixi said in an interview with Sky Tg24 on Tuesday after lunch.

RAI TV said that the rescue workers had four people out of the rubble and that a large number of vehicles were crushed in the wreckage. Ansa also reported that the witnesses saw lightning strike the bridge.

The shares of Atlantia SpA, which manages the backward of the highway, have fallen almost 11 percent in Milan, the biggest drop before the company reduced its losses since 2008. Inventory fell 5.3% as of 4:45 pm.

The Atlantia unit, which manages a 3,000-kilometer highway in Italy, said that as Italy’s highway, it continues to work to consolidate the viaduct built in the 1960s. He said he would run an investigation into the causes of the collapse. The Benetton family is also the largest investor in Atlantia, which also manages airports in Chile, India, Brazil and Italy and France. Atlantia, jointly with Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA, jointly controls Spanish money road operator Abertis Infraestructuras.
Atlantia Chief Executive Giovanni Castellucci said the company did not receive a specific report or warning about the integrity of its network. In a statement to the state-owned radio network RAI, he said there was “absolutely no” problem with the maintenance of the country’s highway network.

The collapse of the Genoa bridge follows a massive accident that lasted only one week on another Italian motorway managed by Atlantia. On August 6, after a truck stopped in a highway near a town in northern Italy, Bologna exploded, a tanker truck with a high flammable gas exploded.

The events repeatedly called on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini to “start questioning whether there are external constraints that limit expenditure in order to protect our infrastructure,” in spite of Italy’s determination to hold public debtors as the European Union and earlier governments have agreed. it has to be accepted.

There can be no conflict between finance and security, Salvini told Sicilian Catania journalists.

In an interview with Sky Tg24, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the catastrophe in Genoa underlines the need to inspect all infrastructure in Italy. Although it is too early to say whether the lack of inspection contributed to the collapse, the first information was that Atlantica is responsible for the bridge of Autotrade in Italy.

Toninelli added that the government has united against large, useless public works that have led to corruption in the past and has spurred more spending on both the coalition partners and the League and the Five Star Movement to maintain the current infrastructure.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s office said he went to the site after school.

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