Watch: Aerial footage shows shocking extent of tragedy after bridge in Italy collapses, killing at least 35 people

A road bridge in the Italian city of Genoa has collapsed, killing at least 35 people.

The structure on a main highway linking Italy with France gave way overnight during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 metres into a heap of rubble below.

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Fire brigade sources said at least 35 people were killed following the incident, the BBC reports.

Aerial footage filmed after the collapse shows parts of the wrecked bridge strewn across the ground.

At least 35 died after the structure failed in Genoa. Source: BBC