A collapsed bridge in Italy, the new infrastructure in ruins

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ROME – A huge section of bridge has collapsed in Tuscany, the latest case of Italian infrastructure collapsing after years of neglect.

Police and firefighters lined the access road to the bridge over the Magra River at Albiano Magra in the province of Massa Carrara, according to footage from the rifleman scene on Wednesday.

Given the national locking of the coronavirus in Italy, there were only two trucks on the provincial road at the time. According to Italian reports, one of the drivers was hospitalized.

Anas’s road agency had sent inspectors to the bridge last year after a crack developed due to heavy rain. The section was cleared for later use, said Italian news agency ANSA.

The mayor of Aulla, Roberto Vallettini, wrote to Anas to report that heavy trucks repeatedly used the two-lane bridge due to road closures nearby.

The bridge collapsed while Italy was still working on the reconstruction of the Morandi bridge, widely used in Genoa, which collapsed in 2018 during a rainstorm, killing 43 people.

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