Over 25 dead in horrific bridge collapse in Italy
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News August 14, 2018 Updated: 11:40 AM PT
Italian authorities have confirmed over 25 people have died after a huge section of a bridge collapsed in the city of Genoa in Northern Italy. Officials say 13 people were injured and at least 10 people are still missing.
At least 30 vehicles were on the 260-foot section of the bridge when it fell around noon on Tuesday.
Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci and Angelo Borelli, head of Italy's civil protection agency, confirmed the death toll and injuries at a news conference.
“We are still trying to extract survivors from the rubble,” Genoa police official Alessandra Bucci said. “We hope to find more people alive.”
Borelli also said that the bridge collapsed on two warehouses but no one is believed to have been inside them because they were closed for the holiday.
The Morandi Bridge was constructed in the 1960s over an area with densely built houses and warehouses. At the time of the collapse, reinforcement work was being carried out at the base of the bridge.
The bridge maintains a link between Northwest Italy and the south of France.