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Italy bridge collapse: Genoa prepares for state funeral

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Published: 02:41 GMT, Aug 18, 2018 |
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Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to preside over a state funeral for 18 of the victims of Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa.

Mr Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will lead mourners at the ceremony at a hall in the city.

So far 38 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster and five are still unaccounted for.

Some families are reportedly staying away from Saturday’s ceremony because of anger at the government.

The collapse of a section of the Morandi motorway bridge and the deaths of those crossing in vehicles have led to a fierce debate in Italy about the nation’s infrastructure.

The government has set up a commission to examine the causes of the disaster and one member speculated on Friday that a broken cable rod was “a serious work hypothesis”.

Antonio Brencich, a University of Genoa lecturer, said there were “eyewitness accounts and videos that go in this direction”.

The bridge, which was constructed in the 1960s, has cables running directly from the deck to the top of the towers.

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