With a length of 300 meters, the bridge collapsed on itself Wednesday. It was not used very much at the time of the accident, due to the containment measures.
A bridge collapsed on Wednesday, injuring Aulla in northern Italy. This accident is the new illustration of the dilapidation of Italian road infrastructure after the deadly collapse of a viaduct in Genoa in the summer of 2018. The bridge, which spanned the Magra river, is some 300 meters long. ‘is collapsed on itself, “the mayor of Aulla, Roberto Valettini, told Italian media.
Usually very crowded, it was not on Wednesday due to the containment measures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented a drama. The victim presents, “according to initial reports, minor injuries,” said the Ministry of Transport in a statement. Minister Paola De Micheli asked Anas, the company managing this route since 2018, for a detailed report.
An “extremely serious” accident
This accident “is extremely serious. The first alarms on the stability of the bridge date back to 2013, but they had fallen into a vacuum. Probably because a possible closure of the bridge would have (…) had significant economic repercussions on the whole territory “, denounced Deborah Bergamini, vice-president of the Transport Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and member of the Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi (center right).
According to the Italian agency AGI, reports of motorists had multiplied after a wave of bad weather in early November. Italian infrastructure is known for its age. Many of them, like road bridges, are over 50 years old.
This was the case of the Genoa viaduct which collapsed in August 2018, causing 43 deaths. In Rome, experts also regularly remind us of the fragility of the Magliana bridge over the Tiber, used by 20 million vehicles each year.