At least 11 people reportedly died when a section of a giant motorway bridge collapsed Tuesday in Genoa. Dozens were also injured in what Italy’s transport minister said was an “immense tragedy.”
Italian media were unable to verify the actual number of casualties, but Italian news agency ANSA citing Interior Ministry confirmed that 11 people died in the bridge collapse.
Rescuers scouring through the wreckage after part of a viaduct of the A10 freeway in the northern port city collapsed said there were “tens of victims”, while images from the scene showed an entire carriageway plunged on to railway lines below.
Cars and trucks were trapped in the rubble and nearby buildings damaged, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.
A fire service spokesperson told AFP that the bridge had mostly fallen on rail tracks 100 metres (yards) below and that “cars and trucks” had fallen with the rubble.
“Firefighters are working together and teams of rescuers and police sniffer dogs have been mobilised,” emergency services said on Twitter.