An Italy bridge has collapsed that killed dozens in Genoa, says report.
Citing the BBC report as told by the police, the motorway bridge has collapsed in the northwest Italian city of Genoa, killing 26 people and badly injuring 15.
Due to the accident, fears that other parts of the bridge might fall have prompted the evacuation of buildings in the area, a rescuer told Italy’s Ansa news agency.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed that anyone found to be responsible for the bridge collapse would be held to account.
“I have crossed that bridge hundreds of times,” he said.
“Now, as an Italian citizen, I will do everything to get the names and surnames of the managers responsible, past and present, because it is unacceptable to die like that in Italy,” the official quoted.
Meanwhile, to emphasize the expert’s point of view, representative of the motorway’s operator, Autostrade, told Reuters news agency there had been “no reason to consider the bridge was dangerous”.
It fell around 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) during heavy rain. Police reported a violent cloudburst.
“We saw lightning strike the bridge,” eyewitness Pietro M all’Asa was quoted as saying by Ansa.
“And we saw the bridge going down.”
Engineers say it is too early to determine the cause of the collapse but that lightning is unlikely to be the reason.
Earlier, fire brigade sources told Ansa unofficially that 35 people were dead and 12 missing.
A child is among the dead, said the head of the civil defence agency, Angelo Borrelli.
Between 30 and 35 cars and three heavy vehicles were on the bridge at the time of the collapse, he said.
“We are continuing with the rescue operations because we think there are other people alive under the rubble,” Genoa police spokesperson Alessandra Bucci told Reuters.
“We have extracted people from the rubble and now we are focusing on assisting the people, and later on we will understand what caused the collapse of the bridge.”