Thirty-nine people are believed to be dead and many others injured after a 50-year-old highway bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed. A long section of the Morandi Bridge went down around noon on Aug. 14, involving 30 vehicles and some heavy-duty trucks. Davide Di Giorgio captured terrifying footage of the collapse from his office.
My heart is breaking for those impacted in #Genoa! They had a #BridgeCollapse with cars on it! Here's a photo from a friend via Facebook— Duane Pemberton (@WineFoot) August 14, 2018
Contrast that to the Google Earth image I snapped. #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/sidOlwfhI7
Footage from an emergency helicopter shows the destruction below.
Rescue operations took place on the ground.
#Genova #14ago 19.30, sono più di 300 i #vigilidelfuoco che stanno operando con 92 mezzi sulle macerie del viadotto crollato. Inviate sezioni operative, personale #usar e #cinofili da Piemonte, Lombardia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna e Toscana pic.twitter.com/cUCQztsz90— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) August 14, 2018
The cause of the collapse is still unknown but may have been caused by a heavy storm. The bridge was undergoing maintence at the time, according to CNN, and Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci says the collapse was, "not absolutely unexpected."