Rome, The company managing the bridge that
collapsed in northern Italy last Tuesday is now bearing the fallout from
politicians and share traders alike.
The government has threatened to terminate Autostrade per
l’Italia’s contracts and impose heavy fines.
At one point in morning trading shares in its holding company,
Atlantia, fell almost 30% from the previous close.
The collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa killed at least 38
people and injured 15, five of them critically.
A huge tower and a section of the bridge measuring about 80m
fell about 45m on to railway lines, a river and a warehouse, taking
dozens of vehicles with it.
Hundreds of emergency workers and firefighters are still there
and speak of not giving up hope although they accept there is very
little chance anyone will now be found alive.
Hundreds of people cannot return to their homes, particularly
residents of council housing blocks that could be at risk from the
collapse of another tower. The blocks may have to be destroyed when
a new bridge is built.
Several people are listed as missing, but officials are reluctant to
link them with the accident as yet.
Three Chileans, who lived in Italy, and four French nationals
were among the dead, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency