Italy’s ambulance service has confirmed that “dozens” of people have died following the collapse of a motorway bridge near the city of Genoa. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli described the incident as an “immense tragedy.”
The 100-meter long section of the A10 motorway in the port city collapsed Tuesday morning. Italian news agency ANSA reports that 11 people, including one child, have been confirmed dead. At least five people are said to be seriously wounded and the death toll is expected to rise. Approximately 20 vehicles were reportedly on the bridge at the time.
The bridge, also known as the Ponte Morandi, was built in 1968 but it underwent redevelopment work in 2016.