Highway bridge collapses in Italy; 26 dead in massive wreckage

Highway bridge collapses in Italy; 26 dead in massive wreckage
Emergency service video; social media via AP

[Ed. – The bridge was only 51 years old, and was in Genoa, so in a modern, better-regulated part of Italy. Nasty.]

A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it “an immense tragedy … inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country.”

The disaster, on a major interchange connecting Genoa and other northern cities with beaches in eastern Liguria into France, focused attention on Italy’s aging infrastructure, particularly its concrete bridges and viaducts built in the postwar boom of the 1950s and 1960s.

What caused the Morandi Bridge to fall remained unknown, and prosecutors said they were opening an investigation but had not identified any targets.

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