Dozens reported dead after a huge motorway bridge collapse in Italy

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The bridge in Genoa before and after the collapse.
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At least 11 people have been killed after a motorway bridge collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa.

One person has been pulled out alive from the rubble under the bridge and is being transported to a hospital by helicopter, Italian news agency ANSA reports. At least 10 vehicles were involved in the collapse, according to ANSA.

Several vehicles were crushed after they hit the ground below and were struck by falling rubble. Italy’s interior ministry has officially confirmed the death of 11 people in the disaster, ANSA reports.

The collapsed Morandi bridge was a section of the A10 motorway, near the city center. The collapse took place as torrential rain fell in the region.

The bridge was around 100 meters (328 feet) tall, according to Italian media, and crossed over railway tracks and some buildings. Reports said that a number of cars were on the bridge when it collapsed.

Photos of the aftermath show a large portion of the Morandi bridge missing.
(Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP

Precise figures for the number of casualties were unclear. The Italian news agency Adnkronos reported a Genoan emergency services official telling them that “dozens” are dead.

Photographs from the scene show rubble on the ground underneath the bridge and a number of buildings underneath it. Local police and figure brigade officials said that no injuries or deaths had been reported so far, according to news agency Reuters.

Image and videos posted to Twitter after the collapse show a large portion of the bridge missing.

One photo posted on Twitter shows a green truck stopped just meters before the newly created gulf.

The area below the bridge is heavily built up, footage shows.

These dramatic before-and-after images show the scale of the incident:

Police posted photo and video footage of the aftermath:

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister, said on Facebook that he and other officials were closely monitoring the disaster response.

The bridge was built in the 1960s, and restructuring work was carried out on the bridge in 2016, Reuters reports.

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