Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse

At least 20 people are believed to be dead after a motorway bridge near the Italian city of Genoa collapsed.

Local media reports say the collapse sent vehicles plummetting up to 45m to the ground, with Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli describing it as an "immense tragedy" to the BBC.

It's believed that a lightning strike to the bridge caused the collapse at around 11:30am (local time).

Cars and trucks fell from the bridge, damaging nearby buildings.

The Morandi Bridge was built in the 1960s and crosses a section of the Polcovera River. The bridge also crosses an area of industrial buildings.

The collapse left dozens of metres of the bridge missing.

Officials say around 30 vehicles were on the affected area of the bridge at the time of its collapse.

Rescuers are still working to retrieve people from the rubble, with around 200 firefighters on hand to assist with the rescue effort.


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