Uncertain number of 22 confirmed dead in Genoa, Italy from massive bridge collapse.

A motorway bridge, reported to reach around 50 meters over the northwestern city, has collapsed. Italy’s deputy transport minister has said at least 22 people have died in the tragedy.

A witness told Italian broadcaster SkyTG24 that he could see “at least eight to nine” vehicles crushed under the rubble from the bridge and “said it was an apocalyptic scene.”

French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first international leaders to pay tribute to the victims in Genoa. Macron wrote on Twitter in both French and Italian: “Our thoughts go to the victims, their relatives and all the Italian people. France stands by Italy in that tragedy and is ready to provide all necessary support.”

What we know so far:

  • A 80-meter (262 feet) section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed above a river, railroad tracks and buildings at around 11:30 a.m. local time (0930 UTC).
  • Several cars plunged 45 meters off the bridge into the rubble below.
  • Local police said the bridge collapsed during a severe downpour and violent storm.
  • Two people have reportedly been pulled out alive from under the rubble.
  • The 1.2-kilometer (0.75 mile) bridge was constructed in 1960s as part of the A10 toll motorway. Restructuring was carried out in 2016.
  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is set to travel to Genoa this evening.

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By Ian Dei

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