A BRITISH family has told how they abandoned their car and “ran for our lives” after they were caught on the Genoa bridge that collapsed.
Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, from Bicester, Oxfordshire were holidaying with their two children, aged 12 and nine, when they were caught up on the motorway bridge in Italy.
They told the BBC: “People were running, screaming in Italian ‘run, out, everyone out cars, out cars’.
“So we just literally, ‘kids run, run’ because we didn’t know what was happening.
“We left everything in the car and we just ran for our lives because we didn’t know.”
They continued: “Everyone was just stood in the entrance to the tunnel, there was lots of crying and screaming and then someone shouted ‘collapse’.
“Then ‘stay, stay’ so everybody, the lorry drivers sort of took control a bit and got everybody off the bridge, into the tunnel and then it just seemed forever and we waited.
“There were all nationalities there.”
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- At least 39 people are known to have died
- ‘Many’ more have been seriously injured
- Four people have been rescued alive
- 35 cars and three heavy vehicles involved
- A 200m stretch of the road collapsed
A 2o0m section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa collapsed on August 14, leaving at least 39 people dead.
Vehicles dropped 148ft after a 200 metre section of the A10 motorway gave way.
The bridge in northern Italy collapsed during a violent lightning storm with cars and rubble crashing onto the offices and factories below.
Incredibly some of the victims who were on the bridge when it collapsed have been pulled from the mangled wreckage below alive by rescuers workers.
Groundworkers were killed as they worked on an island below.
Some witnesses say the bridge – which was undergoing structural repairs – collapsed after being struck by a bolt of lightning.
But engineering experts say it was more likely a flaw in the construction of the 50-year-old bridge.