10 Mar 2017

Italian motorway bridge collapses, kills two

7:47 am on 10 March 2017

A motorway bridge has collapsed near the north-east Italian city of Ancona, killing two, Italian officials say.

A motorway bridge has collapsed near the north-east Italian city of Ancona, killing two.

Two people were in a car below the bridge when it collapsed. Photo: AFP

The victims were in a car below the bridge when it fell down onto the A14 road, which runs between Loreto and Ancona South.

The collapse involved a temporary structure which was supporting the bridge, Autostrade, the Italian highways agency said.

Two Romanian workers were also injured, Italian media reported.

The two people who died were a husband and wife, originally from the province of Ascoli Piceno, whose white Nissan Qashqai was crushed as the bridge came down, Ansa news agency reported.

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Onlookers gather at the site where a bridge collapsed in Italy. Photo: AFP

The bridge had been closed to traffic for maintenance work, it said.

Ansa quoted a witness named Francesco as saying the collapse "happened suddenly" and a female driver in front of him braked and stopped just 10m (33ft) from the collapsed bridge.

"We were saved by a miracle," he said.

The affected road is now closed in both directions.

- BBC

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