Parents and son, 7, killed in Genoa bridge collapse

Dozens die after Italian bridge collapses, Latest World News

"We should ask ourselves whether respecting these (budget) limits is more important than the safety of Italian citizens. Obviously for me, it is not", said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the right-wing League, which governs with the 5-Star Movement.

Mr. Salvini also said he wanted the "names and surnames of those to blame because a tragedy like this in 2018 is not acceptable". And if there's no easy way to inspect them, "it's a high risk system", Agrawal said.

The Genoa bridge suddenly collapsed on Tuesday, killing dozens of people.

Photos also show a truck stopped at the point of the bridge's collapse.

A witness told Sky Italia television he saw "eight or nine " vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an "apocalyptic scene".

The national motorways body said on its website that "maintenance works were being carried out on the base of the viaduct", adding that a crane had been moved on site to assist the work. It seemed like a scene from a film, it was the apocalypse.

Luigi D'Angelo, an official for the civil protection agency, said there were 30 cars and between five to 10 trucks on the road when the middle section came down.

At least 39 people have died and around 400 firefighters are searching the rubble for survivors.

Around 200 firefighters and sniffer dogs searched for survivors among the wreckage.

Italian politicians, for their part, were trying to find who to blame for the deadly tragedy.

"I was driving to Genoa, I was on the bridge", he said. It called for a "Marshall Plan" to fix or replace tens of thousands of Italian bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s.

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"Autostrade per l'Italia's top management must resign", Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said Wednesday in a post on Facebook.

"As yet, there is no evidence to say whether any impact occurred; it is too early to say what triggered the collapse", he said. "The bridge was constantly monitored and supervised well beyond what the law required", Stefano Marigliani, the Autostrade official responsible for the Genoa area, told Reuters.

"I have crossed that bridge hundreds of times", he said.

Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday for any survivors under the shattered remains of the bridge.

The design of the bridge has been criticized in the past.

He said the hypothesis for the collapse was a structural failure.

Restructuring work was carried out in 2016 on the 1.2 km-long bridge, first completed in 1967.

The degradation may have also been compounded by heavy traffic on the bridge, which sees some 25 million vehicles every year and sits on a major artery, the A10, serving the Italian Riviera and linking northern Italy to France.

In a statement late on Tuesday, Autostrade said it's "fully committed to evaluate the best solutions to rebuild the viaduct in the quickest possible time in a secure and efficient way".

The government has pledged to increase public investments and lobby the European Commission to have the extra spending excluded from EU deficit calculations.

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