Huge 850ft road bridge collapses in Italy – but just two drivers are injured

A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy collapsed today but with virtually no traffic during the coronavirus lockdown, with only two truck drivers suffering minor injuries.

The 850ft bridge on the SS330 road near the town of Aulla, roughly midway between Genoa and Florence, in the northern tip of Tuscany, collapsed at 10.25 am (0825 GMT).

Although casualties were limited in the incident, the collapse highlights the poor state of repair of Italy’s road network. A similar disaster in 2018 befell the port city of Genoa but with a far higher number of fatalities.

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

 

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

A collapsed bridge is seen on SP70 provincial roadway near Aulla, in Tuscany, Italy today

 

A collapsed bridge is seen on SP70 provincial roadway near Aulla, in Tuscany, Italy today

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries. Another van driver was reportedly unhurt but in shock.

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries. Another van driver was reportedly unhurt but in shock.

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

 

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

A huge 260ft stretch of motorway bridge plummeted into the Polcevera river, killing 43 people, which was later pinned on a fatal flaw in its construction or wear and tear that inspectors had missed.

Helicopter views of the area of the latest accident showed sections of the bridge crossing the river Magra had collapsed to the level of the water, buckling a stretch of road behind it.

The lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus has cut movement so heavy midweek traffic that might normally have been using the bridge was absent and only two vehicles were involved.

he collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

 

he collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

Pictured: The bridge outside of Aulla, midway between Florence and Genoa, before it collapsed this morning

 

Pictured: The bridge outside of Aulla, midway between Florence and Genoa, before it collapsed this morning

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

 

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy, today

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries

The two drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The bridge was previously managed by provincial authorities and was then put under the management of ANAS, a company controlled by state-owned railway group Ferrovie dello Stato.

Transport Minister Paola De Micheli said ANAS had been operating the bridge since 2018 and said she had requested a detailed report from the group.

The poor maintenance of Italy’s roads and bridges and mismanagement of its highway network has been a major political issue since the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, which was operated by infrastructure group Atlantia.

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

 

A handout photo made available by the Italian Carabinieri Press Office shows the collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefan Magra and Alibano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries. Another van driver was reportedly unhurt but in shock

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today. A van was hit by falling masonry and the driver was taken to hospital with slight injuries. Another van driver was reportedly unhurt but in shock

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

 

The collapsed bridge on a provincial road between Santo Stefano Magra and Albiano in Massa-Carrara province, Tuscany, Italy today

The road affected by Wednesday’s incident had been repaired after bad weather in November.

ANAS said in a statement there was no work going on at the time of Wednesday’s disaster.

The fire brigade were still on site to ensure members of the public keep away from the bridge, which has broken into a number of large broken slabs, La Repubblica reported.

Two drivers were taken to two separate hospitals with minor injuries. One of the men, a delivery driver, was taken to hospital in Pisa, while the second, was taken to a facility in La Spezia.

The bridge was previously managed by provincial authorities and was then put under the management of ANAS, a company controlled by state-owned railway group Ferrovie dello Stato.

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Pictured: Before and after the collapse of the bridge outside the town of Aulla, midway between Genoa and Florence in Italy

According to La Repubblica, a crack had appeared on the bridge last November, which was inspected by technicians who decided that it posed no danger to the structure.

Transport Minister Paola De Micheli said that she had requested ANAS provide a detailed report.

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