Smoke from fire rises from rubble of collapsed Genoa bridge

Milan vs. Genoa Sampdoria vs. Fiorentina postponed following tragic bridge collapse

On Thursday, prosecutors said as many as 20 people could still be missing in the bridge collapse, but cautioned that some people initially reported as unaccounted for might be on vacation and were yet to contact their families.

A huge section of the Morandi bridge simply crumbled to pieces, falling some 45 metres to the ground and killing at least 38 people.

Some 24 hours after the tragic event in the northern city, Salvini, leader of the Euroskeptic Northern League, said the EU's spending restrictions had limited Italy's ability to invest in its infrastructure.

The rest of the 2018-19 Serie A opening day remains on schedule - including Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus against Chievo on Saturday (11:50 a.m. ET, streaming live on ESPN+) in what will be his competitive debut for his new club since his blockbuster summer move from Real Madrid.

Some coffins have already been placed in a large hall, and family members visited them on Friday.

One grieving mother quoted in Italian media said she held the Italian state responsible for the collapse, adding "the parade of politicians has been shameful".

"My son will not become a number in the catalogue of deaths caused by Italian failures", said his grieving father, Roberto.

"We do not want a farce of a funeral, but a ceremony at home".

As rescue workers continue to search through tons of concrete and steel, a fire that started in a warehouse underneath the structure held up operations for a time.

"Is there anyone there?"

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Image: Firefighters have been searching through tons of concrete.

Ten people remain in hospital, six of them in a serious condition.

Officials say about 1,000 people in all are working on the disaster site, 350 of them firefighters. It also called on the company to pay to rebuild apartment blocks that will have to be demolished."Genoa can not wait and the injured can not wait", said Matteo Salvini, the interior minister.

The French nationals, all in their 20s, had travelled to Italy for a music festival, and other victims included a family setting off on holiday and a couple returning from their California honeymoon.

As the clean-up crews went about their work, authorities were anxious about the stability of large remaining sections of the bridge, prompting a wider evacuation order and forcing about 630 people from nearby apartments, some practically in the shadow of the elevated highway. The homes will be demolished as officials have deemed it would be too risky to leave them there.

Genoa's Morandi viaduct was completed in 1967 and has been riddled with structural problems for decades, leading to expensive maintenance and severe criticism from engineering experts.

The collapse has prompted fears over other aging infrastructure in Italy and overseas.

Italy has announced a year-long state of emergency in the region.

At one point in morning trading, shares in Autostrade's holding company, Atlantia, fell by as much as 25%.

"Today the government.has formally sent to Autostrade per l'Italia the letter of complaint that launches the process for revoking the concession", Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a statement.

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