Still looking for victims of the collapse of the bridge in Genoa. The government has now commissioned an investigation of the motorway operator – the parent company will start to rebuild the bridge as planned.
After the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, the Italian government started an investigation into the bus manager "Autostrade per l & # 39; Italia". The company has 15 days to prove that it has fulfilled all contractual obligations regarding the proper operation of the bridge and the prevention of accidents, said the Ministry of Transport.
Focus on parent company
If the information is considered insufficient, this would be a violation of concession terms. The mother company Atlantia was asked to immediately start rebuilding the bridge at its own expense. Atlantia also had to pay for the reconstruction of the destroyed one under the bridge building. Atlantia is controlled by the Benetton family. The company owns 88 percent of the largest toll road operator in Italy.
Fatalities are buried
Tomorrow the death of Genoa will be buried – the government has planned a day of national mourning. The number of victims is still provisional, even days after the fall of the bridge. Ten to twenty people are still missing, the authorities say.
Meanwhile, the fallen concrete parts have been cut off with heavy equipment. Almost no one still believes in finding survivors.
State funds must flow rapidly
Genoa was declared a state of emergency for a year. State funds for reconstruction should flow more quickly – even for the more than 600 people who are temporarily unable to enter their homes. There is also a need for a solution for the traffic from Genoa to France: the Morandi bridge alone transports around 4,000 trucks per day, which now have to be diverted like the other traffic.
The Italian government is preoccupied with accusations of guilt, although it is far from clear to the public prosecution how the disaster could happen. This is likely to derive from their own failure: the five-star movement, in Rome, the largest ruling party, had until recently resisted large investments in infrastructure in Genoa.
Now, the party stirs up the popular anger against the highway operator there, although it has not yet been decided whether, for example, the bridge was serviced.
French justice determined
Meanwhile, the French judiciary also has to deal with the setbacks. The Public Prosecutor in Paris investigated suspicion of negligent assault and negligent murder, as the authority confirmed. The reason is that French also belongs to the victims – in such cases it is common for French researchers to intervene.
With information from Jan-Christoph Kitzler, ARD Studio Rome