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Survivor, shaken, describes plunge off bridge in Italy
At least 22 people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rains on Tuesday morning (August 14) over buildings in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, and the deputy transport minister said the death toll would rise. An 80-metre section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down in the rain onto the roof of a factory and other buildings, crushing at least one truck and plunging huge slabs of concrete into the river below. Fire brigade helicopter footage showed trucks and cars stranded on either side of the collapsed section of the bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s. Restructuring work on the bridge, which was 1.2 km long in total, was carried out in 2016. The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored. The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France's southern coast. Train services around Genoa have been halted.