Violent Storm Causes Bridge To Collapse In Italy- Killing Many

Dozens of people are believed to have been killed after a motorway bridge collapsed during a violent storm in Italy.

Police and fire brigade officials have been called to the scene near Genoa, where a 650ft long piece of the crossing has fallen.

Firefighters say they fear a number of cars fell from the bridge during the collapse, and have so far identified 10 vehicles involved.

epa06948876 Rescuers at the site of the collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
Rescuers reach up to search for any survivors (Picture: EPA)
Rescues work among the debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when the raised highway collapsed during a sudden and violent storm in the northern port city of Genoa, while private broadcaster Sky TG24 said the collapsed section was about 200-meter long (650 feet). (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
People were seen climbing over parts of the bridge (Picture: ANSA)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by La Repubblica/Ropi/REX/Shutterstock (9790305a) A highway bridge has partially collapsed, prompting fears of injuries and deaths. Highway bridge collapse, Genoa, Italy - 14 Aug 2018
The wreckage is unrecognisable (Picture: Rex Features)
epa06948870 Rescuers at the site of the collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
Parts of the crossing are still balancing on the wreckage (Picture: ANSA)
epa06948840 A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
The rest of the bridge remains elevated (Picture: ANSA)
epa06948815 A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain (Picture: EPA)
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Dozens are feared to be dead (Picture: Alamy Live News)
A motorway bridge which collapsed on Tuesday near the northern Italian port city of Genoa is seen in this picture released by Italian firefighters on August 14, 2018. Italian Firefighters Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Italian firefighters are at the scene of the collapse (Picture: Reuters)
epa06948812 A handout photo made available by Italian firefighters shows rescue teams on the site of a collapsed bridge over the A10 highway in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. EPA/ITALIAN FIREFIGHTERS HANDOUT TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING +++ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa (Picture: Italian Firefighters)

Italy’s Ambulance Service have estimated the death toll to be ‘dozens’ as a result of the collapse.

So far, just one person has been pulled alive from the rubble. They have been airlifted to hospital.

Images show the bridge – which sits above an industrial site – with a large centre piece missing.

A view of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when the raised highway collapsed during a sudden and violent storm in the northern port city of Genoa, while private broadcaster Sky TG24 said the collapsed section was about 200-meter long (650 feet). (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
The bridge fell into parts of a river (Picture: ANSA)
epa06948829 Rescuers at the site of the collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river (Picture: EPA)
epa06948809 A handout photo made available by Italian firefighters shows rescue teams on the site of a collapsed bridge over the A10 highway in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. EPA/ITALIAN FIREFIGHTERS HANDOUT TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING +++ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Vehicles fell from the bridge as it collapsed (Picture: Italian Firefighters)
epa06948810 A handout photo made available by Italian firefighters shows rescue teams on the site of a collapsed bridge over the A10 highway in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. EPA/ITALIAN FIREFIGHTERS HANDOUT TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING +++ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The remains stand over the road as firefighters rush to help those trapped (Picture: Italian Firefighters)

Firefighters have said that there are concerns about gas lines.

It is currently unclear what caused the collapse, however officials believe it may have been down to a structural weakness.

epa06948834 A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
Police are fighting to find survivors (Picture: ANSA)
epa06948814 A handout photo made available by Italian firefighters shows rescue teams on the site of a collapsed bridge over the A10 highway in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. EPA/ITALIAN FIREFIGHTERS HANDOUT TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING +++ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Cars were crushed beneath the tarmac (Picture: Italian Firefighters)
epa06948816 A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, 14 August 2018. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said Tuesday. The viaduct gave way amid torrential rain. The viaduct runs over shopping centres, factories, some homes, the Genoa-Milan railway line and the Polcevera river. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO
A helicopter hovers at the scene (Picture: EPA)
State Police Verified account @ poliziadistato 42m 42 minutes ago +++ Genoa collapse at Morandi bridge on Highway A10 # repartiprevenzionecrimine # poliziastradale and relief in the field The Viminale , Firefighters and Via Anas
A 650ft long piece of the crossing has fallen (Picture: State Police)
METROGRAB: Rules & Markets @ rulesandmarkets 13m 13 minutes ago ???? # A10 Motorway bridge collapsed in # Genoa . @ russian_market @ LJucca @ reuters_italia
Police and fire brigade officials have been called to the scene
State Police Verified account @ poliziadistato 42m 42 minutes ago +++ Genoa collapse at Morandi bridge on Highway A10 # repartiprevenzionecrimine # poliziastradale and relief in the field The Viminale , Firefighters and Via Anas
Video caught the moment the bridge collapsed (Picture: State Police)
METROGRAB: Rules & Markets @ rulesandmarkets 13m 13 minutes ago ???? # A10 Motorway bridge collapsed in # Genoa . @ russian_market @ LJucca @ reuters_italia
Despite no deaths or injuries so far being reported, firefighters say they fear a number of cars fell from the bridge during the collapse
METROGRAB: Rules & Markets @ rulesandmarkets 13m 13 minutes ago ???? # A10 Motorway bridge collapsed in # Genoa . @ russian_market @ LJucca @ reuters_italia
The crossing, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s, was last reconstructed in 2016

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the collapse in northern Italy appears to be ‘an immense tragedy’.

He said: ‘I’m following with great apprehension what has happened in Genoa, which appears to be an immense tragedy.’

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

Original Article:https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/14/huge-motorway-bridge-collapses-onto-houses-italy-trapping-people-7837360/

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