Italian Transport Ministry Orders Operator's Audit of Collapsed Bridge

© REUTERS / Local Team via Reuters TVRescue workers are seen at the collapsed Morandi Bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy August 14, 2018 in this still image taken from a video
Rescue workers are seen at the collapsed Morandi Bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy August 14, 2018 in this still image taken from a video - Sputnik International
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ROME (Sputnik) - The ministry said in a statement that Autostrade per l’Italia, which operates most of the country’s toll highways, had only 15 days to make the Genoa bridge operable.

The firm was also told to repair the collapsed viaduct "in a limited period of time" and warned that in case of a failure it would be found in violation of the concession agreement with authorities.

A motorway bridge which collapsed on Tuesday near the northern Italian port city of Genoa - Sputnik International
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A special commission was set up earlier in the day to look into Tuesday’s disaster, in which a 80-meter-long section of the bridge collapsed, sending more than 30 cars plunging dozens of meters to the ground. At least 38 people died and an unknown number are missing.

The bridge collapsed during a storm on Tuesday at about 11 a.m. local time (09:00 GMT). A section of the bridge fell from a height of 100 meters (328 feet) on warehouses, railway tracks and a river.

The Italian government has since imposed a year-long state of emergency in the Liguria region, where the bridge is located, and allocated 5 million euros (some $5.7 million) to manage the consequences of the incident.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte slammed Wednesday Autostrade per l'Italia company for its safety regulations, saying that the firm's concession should be revoked.

The state funeral of the victims will be held in Genoa on Saturday. On that day, nationwide mourning will be declared in Italy.

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