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Italy Honours Victims of Morandi Bridge Disaster amid Political Crisis

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7Dnews London

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:28 GMT

Italy on Wednesday August 14th marked a year since the Genoa motorway bridge collapse that killed 43 people, leaving the country reeling with shock and igniting a political storm over ageing transport infrastructure, according to Reuters.

Hundreds of Italians, including political leaders, gathered in the port city of Genoa to attend the ceremony, which took place close to the spot where a section of the Morandi highway fell during heavy rain on August 14th, 2018.

A large section of the 1.2 km-long (1,100-yard) motorway bridge, built in the 1960s in Genoa with reinforced concrete, collapsed in heavy rain, sending cars and trucks plummeting about 50 metres to the ground.

Despite an unfolding political crisis in Rome, Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, and the leaders of warring political parties flew to the port city to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation but the ruling 5-Star Movement blamed Italy's biggest toll-road operator, infrastructure group Atlantia, for neglecting maintenance on the bridge, a charge the group denies.

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