Motorway operator Autostrade per l’Italia said that work had been taking place on the 1960s structure and that a crane had been installed to allow the activities to be carried out. It said that the work and the structure were subject to constant observation and supervision.
The approximately 200m-long section that fell was part of a 1.1km-long structure carrying the A10 motorway in Genoa. The fallen section included one of the bridge’s three concrete towers.
Edoardo Rixi, undersecretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport, was soon on the scene. He described yesterday as a day of pain for the city. He said that the search for survivors continued and that, of the 15 wounded, one has already been discharged, which he described as “a miracle that casts a light of hope for any survivors”.