Italy Bridge Collapse Kills Dozens

Italy Bridge Collapse Kills Dozens

A motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting some 100m (328ft) to the ground and killing at least 11 people, local media report.

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be "an immense tragedy," according to the BBC.

Local emergency officials have been quoted as saying "dozens" died.

Video footage appears to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather. The incident occurred around noon (6 a.m. ET) Tuesday, Italian state police said, later posting a video on Twitter of the moment the bridge gave way. Police said that a violent storm was the cause of the collapse.

According to CNN, the ANSA news agency reports around 10 vehicles are involved after a section of the Morandi Bridge, which lies to the west of the port city of Genoa, collapsed. Some lorries ended up in the Polcevera river, Carabinieri police sources told ANSA.

Shortly after the collapse, rescue vehicles were seen racing to the site. The fire department in Genoa tweeted that a large number of firefighters were at the scene.

The collapsed section had mostly fallen on to rail tracks below, officials told AFP news agency, adding that cars and trucks had also fallen.

One image posted by the regional emergency services shows a truck perched at the end of the surviving bridge section immediately before the drop, and says rescue workers are operating en masse at the scene.

Image credit: CNN