Motorway bridge collapses over Genoa

Reports suggested the bridge had also fallen on several properties

A motorway bridge has collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa in what the transport minister said was likely to be "an vast tragedy".

Italy's government Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the collapse appeared to be "an huge tragedy", but he did not immediately confirm any casualties.

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

Soon afterward, Italy's Adnkronos news agency cited an emergency ambulance service spokesman estimating dozens had perished.

Some 200 meters (656 feet) of road from Morandi Bridge collapsed onto an industrial zone in the port city at around 11:30 a.m. local time (0930 UTC).

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The bridge, a part of the A10 motorway, is about 100 metres tall, Italian media say - and there are unconfirmed reports that cars may have been involved.

A witness told Sky Italia television he saw "eight or nine" vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he called an "apocalyptic scene".

Restructuring work on the bridge, which was constructed in the 1960s, was carried out in 2016.

"I'm following with great apprehension what has happened in Genoa, which appears to be an enormous tragedy", Toninelli said on Twitter.

ANSA said authorities suspected that a structural weakness caused the collapse on Tuesday.


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