PortandTerminal.com, November 24, 2019
Italy suffers its second road bridge collapse in 15 months in the northwest region of Liguria, raising major questions about the safety of the country’s ageing infrastructure
SAVONA, ITALY – A 100 foot (30m) section of highway along a viaduct near the flooded coastal city of Savona collapsed on Sunday. In an aerial video taken by firefighters, cars and one truck could be seen stopped perilously close to the point where the raised part of the A6 highway plunged on to a wooded area of the Liguria region.
A man from one of the cars closest to the precipice stood outside his vehicle, holding up his arms toward traffic to warn other drivers.
The roadway gave way about 1.5 kilometres (a mile) outside of Savona on the highway that links that Riviera city to Turin.
Firefighters were using dogs in the search for possible victims in the two-metre-high mud, he said. It was not known whether any vehicles might have plunged off the highway, which is supported by pillars at that point.
The collapse was eerily reminiscent of the 2018 bridge tragedy in Genoa during a rainstorm that killed 43 people when trucks and cars plunged into a dry riverbed below.
Flooding has pounded France and Italy amid heavy rains over the weekend, leaving at least three dead.