Rescue workers recover a body at the site of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in the port city of Genoa, Italy August 14, 2018. (REUTERS/Massimo Pinca)
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Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.More than 30 people were killed on Tuesday when a vast span of the Morandi bridge collapsed during a heavy rainstorm, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45-meters (150 feet) onto railway tracks below. Rescuers spent the night within the tangled remains of the bridge under floodlights and there are fears the toll could rise in what the Italian government has called an "immense tragedy". The collapse came as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work and as the Liguria region, where Genoa is situated, experienced torrential rainfall.As cars and trucks tumbled off the bridge, Afifi Idriss, 39, a Morrocan lorry driver, just managed to come to a halt in time.The green lorry was still on the bridge late evening, stopped just short of the now yawning gap.Aerial footage showed more than 200 meters (650 feet) of the viaduct, known locally as the Morandi bridge, completely destroyed.
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