A section of a bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending cars plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 22 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities.
At least 20 vehicles were on the bridge when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Tedeschi said two people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter. Danilo Toninelli, Italy’s transport minister, described the collapse as “an enormous tragedy.”
Several witnesses posted videos of the collapse on social media. In one video, someone can be heard screaming “oh God!” and a flash could be seen as the concrete structure crumbled.
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said about 200 firefighters were on scene searching for survivors.