MILAN – A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday, but with almost no traffic during the coronavirus locking, only two truck drivers suffered minor injuries, the fire brigade said.
A fire department spokesman said the 260-meter (853-foot) bridge on SS330 road near the town of Aulla, roughly in the middle between Genoa and Florence, at the northern tip of Tuscany, collapsed at 10:25 a.m.
Although casualties were limited in Wednesday’s incident, the incident highlighted the poor conditions of the improvement of the Italian road network, after the collapse of a toll road bridge in the port city of Genoa in 2018 that killed 43 people.
A helicopter view from the last crash area shows the part of the bridge that crossed the Magra river had collapsed to the height of the water, bending the road behind it.
The locking to stop the spread of the corona virus has cut off the movement of heavy midweek traffic so that it usually uses no bridges and only two vehicles are involved.
The two drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said.
The bridge was previously managed by the provincial authority and then placed under the management of ANAS, a company controlled by the state-owned railroad group Ferrovie dello Stato.
Transportation Minister Paola De Micheli said ANAS had operated the bridge since 2018 and said he had requested detailed reports from the group.
Poor maintenance of Italian roads and bridges and mismanagement of the road network have become major political problems since the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, which is operated by the Atlantia infrastructure group.
Roads affected by Wednesday’s incident have been repaired after bad weather in November.
ANAS said in a statement that no work took place during Wednesday’s disaster.