Disasters
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Officials knew collapsed Italian bridge was weaker

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/20/18, 11:10 am

An Italian news magazine reported Monday that the bridge that collapsed last week in Genoa was known to have weakened by 20 percent, but engineering experts did nothing about it. In February, engineers determined that corrosion had degraded the metal cables supporting the bridge, but they did not try to limit traffic on it. A large section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Tuesday during a heavy downpour, killing 43 people and forcing the evacuation of 600 nearby residents.

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Italy blames highway company for bridge collapse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/18, 12:10 pm

The Italian government accused a highway company of putting financial interests before safety standards after a bridge collapsed in Genoa, killing at least 38 people and injured 16 others. A portion of the bridge that links heavily traveled highways leading to France and Milan collapsed Tuesday, trapping some drivers beneath the rubble. Genoa Prosecutor Francesco Cozzi said an investigation into the incident will focus on design flaws and inadequate maintenance.

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Death toll rises from collapsed bridge in Italy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/18, 11:35 am

Rescue workers continued to search for survivors Wednesday after a highway bridge collapse Tuesday in Italy resulted in the death of at least 39 people, including three children. A section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa fell over an industrial zone, sending cars plummeting nearly 150 feet. Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borelli confirmed the number dead and said 15 others sustained injuries. Three French citizens were among those killed, according to the French Foreign Ministry. Italian officials continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.

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