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