Collapsed bridge in Genoa: the toll rises to 43 dead


Genoa | The toll of the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa officially stands at 43 dead, said Sunday rescuers in the aftermath of State funerals for the victims of this tragedy .

The firefighters confirmed that they had found three bodies, probably those of a Turin couple and their nine-year-old daughter, in the remains of their car, crushed under tons of concrete.

The discovery of these three bodies means that there are no more disappeared enumerated five days after the collapse on Tuesday of a portion of some 250 meters of this viaduct. Rescuers, however, indicated that they continue to search for any missing, unreported victims.

“The bodies of the last three missing were found in the night,” Sunday morning Italian firefighters said on Twitter.

On Saturday, the death of a Romanian wounded man and the discovery of the body of a worker in his thirties had already increased the toll of this disaster to 40 confirmed deaths.

On the same day, the whole of Italy paid tribute to the victims, including four French tourists and several children, at a national funeral in Genoa, however boycotted by half of the families, accusing the state of being responsible for the tragedy.

In the face of emotion and anger, the government attacked the motorway company Autostrade per l’Italia, the Benetton family which controls the group, the negligence of previous governments and the European Union.

On Friday, the Ministry of Infrastructure officially sent a letter to Autostrade to revoke the company’s concession on the bridge section, giving the company 15 days to respond.

In a press conference in Genoa on Saturday, the leaders of Autostrade did not wish to react to this decision, but promised “half a billion euros available Monday” to help the city and the victims.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has already indicated that the government will not accept the “alms” thus offered by the motorway company. He called for “credible” compensation from Autostrade, a company controlled for 30% by the Benetton family via the Atlantia group.


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