Italy declares year-long state of emergency after bridge disaster

Davide Capello became a firefighter after retiring from professional football

In Italy, at least 39 people were killed when a bridge collapsed in Genoa Tuesday, sending dozens of vehicles tumbling 150 feet. Two people were killed and another two injured.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from areas surrounding the Morandi bridge - built in 1967- over fears the remains of the structure that are still standing could also come crashing down. Autostrade operates many of Italy's toll highways, according to The Associated Press.

"We have one of the biggest dealers in Europe that tells us that the bridge was safe and there was [no way] to imagine the collapse", Di Maio wrote.

"Autostrade should have done maintenance and didn't do it", he said.

"I'm following with the utmost apprehension what is happening in Genoa and what looks like it could be an vast tragedy", Transport and Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Twitter. "We'll let the investigators do their job, but we can't wait for criminal justice", said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

But Autostrade defended its overall safety record. "There could be one person or five". He tweeted that those responsible will "pay dearly".

Mr Salvini declined to cite a number of the missing, saying that would be "supposition", but separately Genoa Chief Prosecutor Francesco Cozzi told reporters there could be between 10 and 20 people still buried under the rubble.

There have been previous reports and comments questioning how the Morandi bridge was built and how long it could last.

Another motorist told RAI state radio he had been in a traffic jam and seen the collapse: "Suddenly the bridge came down with everything it was carrying".

"Oh God", a witness can be heard crying out in Italian as footage of the collapse was caught on video.

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Salvini said Wednesday that the Fire Brigade had extracted the final body after working through the night. Autostrade, which operates almost 3,200km of Italian motorways, is controlled by the Benetton group through its holding company, Atlantia.

The Morandi Bridge was the fifth bridge to collapse in Italy in five years.

Three French nationals were also said to have died, with local media reporting that the two young women and a man from Toulouse had travelled to Italy for a music festival.

"If a bridge like this one collapsed it means this maintenance hasn't been carried out", Toninelli said.

Pope Francis offered prayers for all those affected. "Obviously for me, it is not", he said.

Experts said the bridge had an unusual design, featuring pre-stressed reinforced concreted in a method which Morandi had patented.

In this photo released by the Italian firefighters, rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

"Ever since the first decades [of its lifespan] the bridge has been subject to major maintenance works", he said, "with continuous costs from which we can foresee that in a few years, maintenance costs will have exceeded reconstruction costs".

"Italy sorely needs higher and better public investments but they haven't been a priority for politicians in recent years", Piga said, noting that the previous administration had even appeared to divert some funds away from infrastructure after winning some budgetary leeway from Brussels for investments.

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