Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a state of emergency, saying structural failure appeared to be the cause, when a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone in the city of Genoa during a storm.
Italian emergency workers pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel on Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said three children were among the dead.
Italian Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte declared a state of emergency covering the region around Genoa. Conte, speaking at a news conference in Genoa, said he made the declaration after a request from regional authorities.
The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as 45 metres (150 feet) to the ground on Tuesday as many Italian families were on the road ahead of Wednesday’s major summer holiday. The collapse took place after a violent storm.
Civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli confirmed on Wednesday the increase in the death toll, and said 15 survivors were injured.
TRT World’s Sarah Morice reports.