- A huge highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy, on Tuesday morning.
- At least 39 people are confirmed dead.
- Before-and-after photos of the bridge show the striking nature of the disaster.
A highway bridge collapsed in northern Italy on Tuesday morning, killing at least 39 people.
A section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa measuring about 262 feet long, and located 164 feet above ground, gave in around 11:30 a.m. local time. The cause of the collapse remains unknown.
Startling photos of the scene show a large portion of the bridge missing and mounds of rubble collected underneath.
Here’s what the bridge looked like before the collapse:
And here’s what it looked like after the collapse, from the same angle:
The Morandi Bridge crossed over a river, railway tracks, and some buildings. Here’s what it looked like before:
Photos now show the two ends standing, and a huge gap where much of the road used to be. Smoking rubble also stands where buildings used to be.
#BREAKINGNEWS: This may end up being a terribly sad story. A large section of this bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed. It is believed there were a number of cars on the bridge at the time of the collapse. pic.twitter.com/w0IDrfZd9e
— kendis (@kendisgibson) August 14, 2018
BREAKING. OMG, a motorway bridge has just collapsed over houses, buildings a railway in Genoa, #Italy, several victims feared.
(in the pics the bridge before and after the incident) pic.twitter.com/W0OK3Zy8h9
— Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) August 14, 2018
The bridge was an important interchange and led to Italy’s main highway, which headed west into France. Here’s what it was like to drive on before the collapse:
Police shared a photo from a similar position, showing collapsed debris and the missing section of the bridge.
RT CBCAlerts: Italian police have just tweeted this photo, which seems to have been taken from the edge of the collapsed bridge over the city of Genoa. pic.twitter.com/7MboDdsp3C
— Munaf Mughal (@iMughalMunaf) August 14, 2018
Here’s the wreckage from another angle:
Emergency services worked overnight on the scene and continued to work on Wednesday.
For full coverage of the collapse, click here.
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