Rome – Most of a bridge collapsed in Italy after inspectors underestimated the severity of a crack that appeared during the rains, the country’s latest infrastructure case that collapses after years of neglect.
Police and firefighters cordoned off access roads to the two-lane bridge over the Magra river in Albiano Magra, Tuscany, according to images released Wednesday by the Carabinieri.
Given the national confinement due to the pandemic of COVID-19 in Italy, there were only two trucks on the provincial bridge at the time. According to Italian press reports one of the drivers was hospitalized.
The highway office had dispatched inspectors to the bridge last year after a crack developed from the heavy rains. Inspectors later authorized its continued use, Italian news agency ANSA said.
Aulla Mayor Roberto Vallettini had written to the highway office to warn him that heavy trucks were repeatedly using the bridge due to the closure of nearby highways.
The collapse of the bridge comes at a time when Italy is still rebuilding the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, which was heavily used when it collapsed in 2018 during a storm, killing 43 people.