Dozens feared dead after highway bridge collapse in Italy

AT LEAST 26 people have been killed in a horror bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa.

The major highway bridge gave way during a ferocious thunderstorm around 11.30am Tuesday local time.

The collapse saw vehicles plunge 45 metres onto buildings below.


Hundreds of emergency crews remain on scene working to rescue people trapped in the rubble.

At least 15 people are understood to have been badly injured and have been rushed to hospital for treatment.

The country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte described the disaster as an “immense tragedy.”

It’s not yet known what exactly caused the bridge to collapse, with engineers saying it’s too early to determine.

However some people say they saw lightning strike the bridge before it went down.