Italy PM declares state of emergency after bridge collapse

GENOA, Italy, (Antara/Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister

Giuseppe Conte declared on Wednesday a state of emergency

covering the region around Genoa after a bridge collapse killed

39 people and severed the port city`s main land corridor with

southern France.

Conte, speaking at a news conference in Genoa, said he made

the declaration after a request from regional authorities.

He also took aim at toll-road operator Autostrade, a unit of

Milan-listed Atlantia group, which operated the bridge

as part of a stretch of the A10 motorway it manages.

Conte said the firm had been responsible for ensuring safety

on the bridge and the government would not await the outcome of

a current criminal investigation into the disaster before taking

action. Earlier, the transport minister said the firm`s A10

motorway concession should be revoked and it be hit with heavy

fines.

(Reporting by Ilaria Polleschi

Editing by Mark Bendeich)



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