"What the general public does not comprehend is that bridges have been traditionally designed in the past for a life span of 50 years."
Davide Capello told France's BFM television that he was driving on the Morandi Bridge when "I heard a heavy sound, and I saw cars in front of me falling".
The structure on a main highway linking Italy with France gave way during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 metres into a heap of rubble below.
A huge section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa gave way over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete onto warehouses below.
A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed at mid-day over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below.