'Dozens Of Deaths' As Motorway Bridge Collapses In Italian City Of Genoa

The bridge was built in the 1960s

According to Adnkronos, the motorway remains completely blocked following the collapse, with many motorists stuck in a tunnel ahead of the bridge.

Up to 20 cars could have been on the bridge when it fell down, Italian media report.

"We are following minute by minute the situation for the bridge collapse in Genoa", Salvini said on Twitter.

A motorway bridge over the north-western Italian city of Genoa has collapsed, and rescue operations are underway, officials say.

Emergency responders are on the scene, but there are no details yet on whether there are casualties.

Photographs show a huge section of the A10 near Genoa has broken away sparking fears others could be trapped in the rubble 50ft below.

Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god".

Private broadcaster Sky TG24 said a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Tuesday over an industrial zone, and firefighters told The Associated Press there are concerns about gas lines.

Italy's Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the bridge collapse looked like an "immense tragedy".

One image shows a truck perched at the end of the surviving bridge section immediately before the drop.

National news agency ANSA said that authorities suspected that a structural weakness caused the collapse on Tuesday.

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