>> A lone truck sits just meters from the edge of a severed bridge and below the mangled concrete and steel of a, quote, immense tragedy. Dozens died and more were seriously injured when the busy motorway collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa. The 90 yard section of road crashed down in heavy rain, coming to rest on a factory and sending huge slabs plunging 55 yards into the river below.
Some 200 firefighters are on the scene clearing debris and lifting survivors from the rubble. Italy's Civil Protection Agency said there were 30 to 35 vehicles on the fly over when it came down, and that 13 people were hospitalized including 5 in a critical condition. The Morandi Bridge, a major artery to the Italian Riviera and France's southern coast, was built more than 50 years ago.
Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli told State Television that the disaster showed the dilapidated state of Italy's infrastructure, adding that those responsible will have to pay. Italy's motorway operator, Autostrade, was carrying out maintenance on the bridge at the time. Its director for the Genoa area said it was too soon to determine the cause of the collapse and that the bridge was constantly monitored throughout.
Within hours of the disaster, Italy's anti-establishment government, which took office in June, said it showed more needs to be spent on infrastructure, ignoring what it called EU budget constraints, if necessary.