At Least 30 Dead After Raised Motorway Collapses In Italy

Update 2: "Around 30 people are dead and many others are seriously injured," Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told reporters in Sicily after the collapse of a motorway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa, AGI news agency reported.

Giovanni Toti, the governor of the northwestern Liguria region around Genoa, had said earlier on a televised press conference that the official death toll of 22 victims would "certainly rise significantly."

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Update: At least 22 people died in the Genoa bridge fall, Italys's Transportation and Infrastructure Deputy Minister Edoardo Rixi said in an interview with Sky TG24, adding that the death toll "is set to rise."  He said the accident amounts to a major blow to both maritime and land transport from and to Genoa with negative consequences for the Italian economy as whole.

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Italian firefighters said a number of cars may have fallen after a raised section of the A10 motorway fell in Genoa and Italy's ambulance service is reported as saying 'dozens' may have been killed. A fire service spokesperson told AFP that the bridge had mostly fallen on rail tracks 100m below and that "cars and trucks" had fallen with the rubble.

About 10 vehicles were involved when the structure, known as the Morandi bridge collapsed, Italian news agencies reported. Private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 656-feet section went down over an industrial zone.

Images posted by state police and witnesses showed a huge section of the bridge missing. Parts of the structure also landed on the rooftops of nearby buildings. The bridge was built in the 1960s and stands about 328 feet tall.

The Italian fire service said that the viaduct, located in an industrial area in the west of the city, collapsed at around 10am Irish time.

Television images showed the viaduct in the mist with a huge chunk missing, with Italian media reporting that 200 metres of the Morandi bridge had fallen away.

A witness recorded the following video from his office moments after the collapse of the roadway.

A rescue mission was underway for survivors. Authorities suspected structural weakness was the cause of the collapse, ANSA reported. A witness told Sky Italia television he saw "eight or nine" vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an "apocalyptic scene". 

Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was "following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy".

Shares of Atlantia, the Italian infrastructure and construction company that manages highways, slumped as much as 11% on the news, its biggest intraday drop in 10 years and was the biggest decliner on FTSE MIB. According to Bloomberg, Atlantia lists A10 Genoa-Serravalle as one of the highways its Autostrade per l’Italia unit operates.