Genoa bridge collapse: Death toll rises to 30; train services stopped

WION Web Team
Genoa, Italy Published: Aug 14, 2018, 06:15 PM(IST)

A section of a highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa collapsed Tuesday and authorities were searching for people who may be trapped in their vehicles under the rubble, the firefighting service said. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

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Italy's transport and infrastructure minister Danilo Toninelli called it an "immense tragedy".

The death toll in the Genoa bridge collapse has risen to 30, Italy's deputy transport minister said.

The 1960s bridge collapsed during torrential rainfall in the northern Italian port city of Genoa on Tuesday afternoon.

Local authorities said 20 vehicles were involved when the bridge collapsed. Several people were injured who were rushed to hospital as medical services operated in full gear.

The motorway crashed over a river, railroad tracks and buildings. It resulted in train services being stopped in the city.

Italy's transport and infrastructure minister Danilo Toninelli called it an "immense tragedy".

The head of the local ambulance service said there were "dozens of dead", Italian news agency Adnkronos reported.

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