GENOA, ITALY (AUGUST 14, 2018) (LOCAL TEAM) – Policemen and firefighters searched on Tuesday (August 14) for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the morning amid torrential rains, killing dozens in the northern Italian port city of Genoa.
At least 35 probably died, Italy’s ANSA news agency said citing fire brigade sources, but the official body count remained at about 20.
“We are not able to give a certain number of victims and injured, but there are dozens of dead and several injured,” Genoa police spokesperson Alessandra Bucci said. “We hope to find more people alive.”
A 50-metre high section of the bridge, including a tower that anchored several supports, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it onto the roofs of warehouses and other buildings, plunging huge slabs of reinforced concrete into a riverbed.
Some 300 firefighters were working in the wreckage, using sniffer dogs to try to locate survivors. Bucci said rescuers would continue searching into the night. Four people have been pulled alive from the rubble, Ansa news agency reported.