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Dozens feared dead after highway bridge collapses in Italy

Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed during a sudden and violent storm.
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A large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Aug. 14, 2018. EPA/Luca Zennaro

Dozens of people are feared dead after a large section of a highway bridge collapsed Tuesday in the northern port city of Genoa in Italy.

Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when a 200-metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed during a sudden and violent storm.

Private broadcaster Sky TG24 said the bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, and firefighters told The Associated Press that there are concerns about gas lines.

Police on Twitter said the collapse occurred during a sudden violent storm, while firefighters said vehicles were involved, indicating the likelihood of fatalities.

Photos published by the ANSA news agency on its website showed a huge gulf between two sections of the highway.

Video captured the sound of a man screaming:”Oh god, oh, god.” Other images showed a green truck that had stopped on the bridge just metres short of the gaping hole in the bridge.

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