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The EU has hit back at claims by Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini that the bloc is to blame for the Genoa motorway bridge collapse that killed 39 people on Tuesday, plunging the country into a state of emergency.
Italy’s Atlantia and other toll road operators faced a sharp sell-off on Thursday. Atlantia’s Autostrade per l’Italia unit manages the motorway that collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa killing at least 38 people this week.
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has laid the blame for the Genoa bridge collapse on the European Union, saying that spending restrictions has limited the country’s investment in its infrastructure.
An Italian has told RT’s Ruptly how he miraculously managed to flee the site of bridge collapse in Genoa just seconds before it fell. At least 35 people died in the tragedy, and there are fears that the death toll may rise.
Italy’s ambulance service has confirmed that “dozens” of people have died following the collapse of a motorway bridge near the city of Genoa. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli described the incident as an “immense tragedy.”