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Italy Genoa bridge collapse: at least 11 killed in motorway plunge

A motorway bridge has collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa, in what the country’s transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”.

An 80-metre section of the Morandi Bridge on the A10 motorway came down in an industrial area of the port city during a sudden and violent storm at about 11.30am (0930 GMT).

At least 11 people were confirmed dead and 12 injured, the Ansa news agency reported, citing the interior ministry. The head of the local ambulance service said there were dozens of dead, according to unconfirmed reports by the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

A local news website, Il Secolo XIX, reported there were at least 20 victims and said more people could be buried in the rubble.

A fire service spokesperson told Agence France-Presse that the bridge had mostly fallen on to rail tracks 100 metres below and that cars and trucks had fallen with the rubble. A witness told Sky Italia television he saw eight or nine vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed.

Alberto Lercari, a bus driver, told Corriere della Sera: “I saw people running towards me, barefoot and terrified. I heard a roar. People ran away coming towards me. It was horrible.”

Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told state TV that two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble and were being transported to hospital by helicopter.

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