Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Italy mourns bridge collapse victims

Italy mourns bridge collapse victims

It also called on the company to pay to rebuild apartment blocks that will have to be demolished."Genoa can not wait and the injured can not wait", said Matteo Salvini, the interior minister.

He encouraged citizens to show solidarity so "we can build new bridges to walk together" and rise above the tragedy.

Among the coffins were those of two young Albanian Muslim men who lived and worked in Italy.

Some families planned to boycott the event and hold their own private services, as a sign of protest against what they said was negligence that caused the bridge to collapse.

He called the funeral "a moment of grief shared grief by all of Italy united in this state of mind".

After three bodies were recovered from a auto crushed under slabs of concrete, the Genoa prefecture raised its official death toll.

A few hours earlier, the bodies of an Italian couple and their 9-year-old daughter were found in their smashed auto under a big block of concrete, part of tons of material that crashed 150 feet to the ground and nearby areas when the heavily trafficked major highway span gave way. Relatives had said the family, from northern Italy, had been traveling to catch a ferry for the island of Elba while on vacation.

Zanut said the last body pulled out of the wreckage was that of a young Italian man, an employee of Genoa's trash company, who was working under the bridge when it collapsed.

Firefighters work to remove debris from the collapsed Morandi highway bridge, in Genoa, Italy (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP) A view of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) A view of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Firefighters work on the collapsed Morandi highway bridge, in Genoa, Italy (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP) The scene in Genoa where the Morandi Bridge collapsed during torrential rain Rescues work among the debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

Meanwhile, Romanian man Marian Rosca, who was injured in the collapse, died in hospital.

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Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attended the ceremony as well as Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli.

But a report emerged yesterday, commissioned by the company itself, which warned about the condition of the concrete-encased cable stays that held the bridge up. Completed in 1967, it linked two major highways, one leading to Milan and the other toward France.

Members of the fire brigade, rescue teams and the police force were welcomed with applause as they entered the exhibition centre, where the caskets, including a small white one for a child, were lined up in front of a temporary altar.

Players with the city's two football teams, Genoa and Sampdoria, sat among the congregation to express their sympathy.

At the ceremony, there was applause as a priest read out the names of the dead.

Vehicles on the highway that links Genoa to the French border west of the Mediterranean port city plummeted 50 metres (165 feet) when a 200-metre (660-foot) stretch of the viaduct collapsed.

The sum of money also includes a fund for the "immediate requirements" of the victims' families. They were evacuated from buildings located under the bridge, which authorities said will be demolished.

"If they think that they have paid for their mistakes then they are mistaken", said Salvini on Saturday.

Asked whether the government would halt the procedure against Autostrade if investigators found the group had no responsibility for the bridge collapse, Giorgetti did not answer.

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