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Italy rescuers search for survivors after motorway collapse kills dozens

Firefighters searched into the endlessly on Tuesday for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the northern Italian anchorage city of Genoa, killing at least 26.

While that remained the formal death toll, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said from Genoa that the few would rise. The ANSA news agency reported that it could reach on all sides of 35, citing fire brigade sources.

A 50-metre (160-foot) spaced out section of the bridge, including a tower that anchored several discontinuances, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it in vociferous rain. Huge slabs of reinforced concrete plunged onto two stock-in-trades, train tracks and a riverbed.

In its latest update, the government of the Liguria division tweeted that 19 bodies had already been identified and 15 people had been granted to hospital, nine in critical condition.

Various than 400 people were evacuated from buildings stingy or below the still-standing section of the bridge. The collapse appeared not to have killed anyone low the bridge, only people driving over it, the civil protection workings said.

Firefighters heard voices under the rubble and pulled out seven survivors, ignite official Bruno Frattasi told the state broadcaster RAI.

“We hope to muster up more people alive,” police official Alessandra Bucci prognosticated.

Within hours of the disaster, the anti-establishment government that took patronage in June said the collapse showed Italy needed to spend more on its destroyed infrastructure, ignoring EU budget constraints if necessary.

“We should ask ourselves whether respecting these limits is numerous important than the safety of Italian citizens. Obviously for me, it is not,” said Emissary Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the right-wing League, which curbs with the 5-Star Movement.

The government has already pledged to increase notorious investment and lobby the European Commission to have the extra spending excluded from EU shortage calculations.

Salvini also said he wanted the “names and surnames of those who are to rebuke, because a tragedy like this in 2018 is not acceptable.”

“They make have to pay, pay for everything, and pay a lot,” he said.

Aerial footage showed trucks and motors stranded on either side of the 80-metre long collapsed section of the Morandi Join, built on the A10 toll motorway in the late 1960s. One truck was shown well-deserved metres away from the broken end of what locals called their “Brooklyn Traverse”.

Motorist Alessandro Megna told RAI state radio he had been in a See trade jam and seen the collapse:

“Suddenly the bridge came down with the aggregate it was carrying. It was really an apocalyptic scene, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

An solemn for the civil protection agency said there had been 30 machines and five to 10 trucks on the section that fell.

Some 300 firefighters were piece in the wreckage, using sniffer dogs to try to locate survivors, along with 400 regulate.

“People living in Genoa use this bridge twice a day,” said Reserve Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi, who is from the city. “We can’t live with infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Happiness Minister Danilo Toninelli told state television that the blow pointed to a lack of maintenance.

Autostrade, a unit of the infrastructure group Atlantia , guided by the Benetton family, manages the section of the toll highway that collapsed.

“The fall down was unexpected and unpredictable. The bridge was constantly monitored and supervised well beyond what the law desired,” Stefano Marigliani, the Autostrade official responsible for the Genoa area, announced Reuters.

He said there had been no indication that the bridge was perilous.

Autostrade said it would work with investigators, and that it was already assessing how to rebuild the span.

In a 2016 interview posted online, Antonio Brencich, a University of Genoa professor specialising in strengthened concrete construction, said: “This bridge is usually characterised as a piece de resistance of engineering, but in reality it is a failure of engineering.”

He did not say at the experience that it was in danger of collapsing, but that it required continuous maintenance and command eventually have to be torn down and replaced.

The 1.2 km-long bond was completed in 1967 and overhauled in 2016. The motorway it carries is a major artery from northern Italy’s industrial nuclei to the Italian Riviera and to France’s southern coast.

Autostrade said composition to reinforce the slab under the road surface was going on at the time of the crack up.

Premier Conte visited the rescue teams in Genoa, saying afterward that Italy’s infrastructure should be sundry closely monitored.

Atlantia shares closed down more than 5 percent.

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