Swiss Re reveals ties to Genoa bridge collapse tragedy

Relatives mourn by coffins of the victims of the Morandi Bridge disaster ahead of a state funeral service on Saturday

Rescue crews found four more bodies Saturday in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 42, Italian media reported, as mourners filled a fairground pavilion for a state funeral for numerous victims found in recent days.

At least 38 people died when a section of the Morandi Bridge - a vital link of the A10 highway that connects northwest Italy to France and one of the busiest bridges in Italy - suddenly plummeted to the ground on Tuesday. Prosecutors say 10 to 20 people might be unaccounted-for and the death toll is expected to rise.

Anger and sadness erupted at the funeral Friday for four men in their 20s, all friends from the Naples seaside suburb of Torre del Greco, whose lives were snuffed out as they drove over the bridge heading to a vacation in Spain.

Shares in the parent company of Autostrade per l'Italia, which runs the highway plunged more than 30 per cent in the days after the collapse, but were recovering slightly on Friday as investors said government threats to revoke its concessions might be political rhetoric rather than a likely outcome.

Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him.

Recovery efforts continue in the Italian bridge collapse in Genoa. Outside, he said, "there was an unreal silence".

He said the report would seek to "calm the population" about the 56-year-old viaduct's condition. Then rescue workers arrived and helped him climb down from the rubble.

A relative of an Albanian victim of the bridge collapse kisses the flag covering the coffin ahead of the funeral service Saturday in Genoa
Swiss Re reveals ties to Genoa bridge collapse tragedy

The search is focusing around the ruins of a pillar that collapsed on the left bank of the Polvecera creek, and on a stretch of road that fell over rail tracks, the ANSA news agency said.

"The auto protected me". "I don't know if anyone else managed to".

Also, "the weighing system has not worked for years, so it is not calculating the weight of the cargo vehicles, which represents a risk", he said. Officials have said the buildings will be demolished as it's now too unsafe for people to stay there. Rescuers were tunnelling through tons of jagged steel and concrete blocks to look inside crushed vehicles.

Authorities were anxious about the stability of large remaining sections of the bridge, which was built over, or adjacent to, several apartment buildings.

For many, the truck at the brink became a symbol of destiny and survival.

On Thursday evening the first residents of some buildings in the affected area were allowed to return home, though others are too badly damaged to save.

Officials are also urging the quick removal of tons of debris from the dry river bed the bridge had spanned so the rubble does not create a makeshift dam if heavy rain falls in the flood-prone city on the Mediterranean.

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