'Dozens dead' in Italian bridge collapse
A motorway bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa has killed several people, an ambulance official says.
The head of Genoa's ambulance service said there were "dozens of dead", Italian news agency Adnkronos reported.
The collapse is shaping up to be a "huge tragedy," Infrastructure and Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli says.
"I am following with the greatest apprehension what has happened in #Genoa, which looks like a huge tragedy," Toninelli writes on Twitter, adding that he is travelling to the scene.
The local fire brigade said also victims were likely after a section of the bridge collapsed at around 11.30am (local time) on Tuesday during torrential rainfall.
The section of the toll motorway that collapsed was elevated over a river and a portion of the city.
Italian television showed images of the bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s. Restructuring work was carried out in 2016.
An witness told Sky Italia television he saw "eight or nine" vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an "apocalyptic scene".
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