Genoa mayor says bridge collapse was ‘not absolutely unexpected’ as crews race to free victims

Genoa, Italy (CNN)The sound of jackhammers reverberated through the night in this northern Italian city, where crews searched for survivors of a highway bridge collapse that left about two dozen people dead, officials said.

A major section of the bridge partially collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles hurtling toward the earth. Abandoned vehicles remain on the span, with one truck close to the edge. Some chunks of concrete are the height of a three-story building.
The search-and-rescue mission is expected to last for days, Emanuele Gissi, an engineer with the country’s fire service, told state broadcaster RAI News 24. Gissi said several people remain missing.

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