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Davida Di Giorgio shot the video on his cell phone which captured the moment of the collapse

Sep 18th 2019, 12:30 pm
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GENOA -- Residents of the northern Italian city of Genoa awoke Wednesday to a new skyline, and a new reality; the bridge that suddenly ceased to exist, taking so many lives with it. CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports that rescuers with sniffer dogs searched through the night in a desperate hope that somewhere, buried beneath the huge slabs of concrete, someone had managed to survive the catastrophic collapse.

Fire officials in charge of the search and rescue operation said it was like searching for earthquake victims. They pulled two more bodies from the wreckage on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 39.

During a heavy rain storm, the Morandi Bridge suddenly crumbled on Tuesday morning, plunging 150 feet down onto a riverbed, buildings and city streets below, taking dozens of vehicles and everyone inside them with it.

Davida Di Giorgio shot the video on his cell phone which captured the moment of the collapse. He said he couldn't believe his own eyes.

"When I woke up this morning, I hoped it was a nightmare," he said. But he quickly realized it was a sad reality.

The collapse of what has now been dubbed "the bridge of death" in Italy left a gaping hole in the heart of this city -- and many unanswered questions about whether the structure, which local residents say was under a constant state of repair, was still fit for purpose half a century after it was built.

Some 60,000 vehicles would cross the Morandi Bridge every day; families on summer vacation, employees on their commute, 포커

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