'Dozens dead' in Italian bridge collapse

Reports suggested the bridge had also fallen on several properties

According to the Ansa news agency, the bridge collapsed from a height of about 328 feet.

Cars fell 300ft into a river and grassland when the bridge gave way at 11.30am local time.

Italian television showed images of the collapsed bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.

Italian news agency Adnkronos, citing local ambulance services, reported that there were "dozens of dead" in the collapse.

A rescue mission was underway, though Italian officials didn't immediately confirm any casualties.

On Twitter he said: "we are following minute by minute the situation of the bridge collapse in Genoa".

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Pictures tweeted by the Italian police show a large section of the four-lane motorway missing.

The moment shocked residents who can be heard in the video screaming "Oh my God".

A 100-metre long section of the bridge collapsed and it's feared "several cars" may have been on the stretch when both carriageways collapsed.

Private broadcaster Sky TG24 said that a 200-meter section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Tuesday over an industrial zone, and firefighters told The Associated Press that there are concerns about gas lines. Ansa said that authorities suspected that a structural weakness caused the collapse on Tuesday.

Danilo Toninelli, the Italian transport minister, said that the incident appeared to be "an vast tragedy".

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