State funeral held in Genoa for bridge collapse victims

Marcus Newton
August 20, 2018

The disaster has caused public outrage and unleashed a fierce debate over the state of Italy's infrastructure.

"These are mistakes that keep on repeating".

"In all the other matches scheduled for the first round of the Serie A TIM, in memory of the victims of Genoa, one minute of silence will be observed before the start and the teams will take to the field with black armbands".

A priest stands by coffins of victims of from the collapsed highway bridge, at the Fiera di Genova exhibition centre in Genoa on Friday.

Italian politicians, priests and dignitaries gathered yesterday at a solemn state funeral for victims of the bridge collapse in Genoa, as the death toll rose to 42 after the discovery of a family of three in a vehicle crushed under the rubble.

Around 3,000 people attended the service as the death toll rose to 42 with the discovery of a couple from Turin and their nine-year-old daughter in a crushed auto under a slab of concrete.

An engineering study commissioned by Italian motorway operator Autostrade past year warned about the condition of a bridge that collapsed this week in Genoa, the head of the university department that conducted the study said on Friday.

Authorities said one more body had been found and another victim had died in hospital, bringing the known death toll to 40. Nine people are still in hospital, four in a critical condition, it said. The imam drew applause when he prayed that God protect Italy and all Italians.

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In his homily at the funeral Mass in a fairground pavilion, Bagnasco said Tuesday's highway bridge collapse over a dry riverbed "gashed the heart of Genoa".

Mourners applauded firefighters, police and volunteers from the civil protection department involved in non-stop search-and-rescue efforts as they arrived for the funeral on a day of national mourning. It's about 150 feet tall and 3,877 feet long. Those buildings have been evacuated and authorities say they will have to be demolished.

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The tragedy has shaken the whole country.

The company has set aside €500m (£448m) to rebuild the Morandi bridge and aid the port city in its recovery from the disaster, promising to complete its restorative work within eight months.

At one point in morning trading, shares in Autostrade's holding company, Atlantia, fell by as much as 25%.

Castellucci declined to talk about the government's stance. "You apologise if you feel you are responsible", he said, adding that he would wait for official investigators to determine responsibility for the collapse.

"I have travelled along that bridge many times too, also recently", Mattarella said, vowing to carry out a "rigorous investigation" into the accident.

Italy's deputy premier quickly spurned both the offer of help and the apology.

Local media reports said senior staff of Autostrade had planned to attend to the funeral. "We'll insist on credible reimbursement, and there won't be any bartering".

Twelve coffins were already placed in a large hall, and family members visited them on Friday, sometimes kissing the caskets.

Serie A's statement said that Fiorentina and Milan had both approved of the decision not to play the Genovese clubs on Sunday.

Albanian flags were draped over two caskets and the Chilean flag on two others.

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