A major highway bridge in Genoa, northwest Italy, collapsed Tuesday during a sudden and powerful storm, killing dozens of people as vehicles were sent plunging into an industrial area below.
On Wednesday authorities in Genoa announced that 39 people had died, all but two of whom have been identified. A further 16 people were injured in the bridge's collapse, 12 seriously.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned overnight that the death toll could change as hundreds of firefighters sifted through piles of steal and concrete in search of survivors.
An estimated 30 cars and three heavy trucks were on the section of the Morandi Bridge that collapsed around midday, according to Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy’s civil protection agency.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said 200 firefighters were on the scene.
Pictures and videos posted online showed a huge section of the bridge, which was built in the 1960s and is part of the A10 highway connecting Italy to France, missing and large amounts of rubble on the ground below. The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.