Genoa bridge collapse – British family reveal how they ‘left everything in the car and ran for our lives’ as motorway bridge crumbled killing 39

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.

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Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell were caught on the Genoa bridge that collapsed

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’.

 The British holidaymakers said around 60 people waited in the tunnel after the bridge collapsed

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The British holidaymakers said around 60 people waited in the tunnel after the bridge collapsed
 The British couple left everything in their hire car and ran for their lives

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The British couple left everything in their hire car and ran for their lives
 Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, along with their two kids, found safety in a tunnel

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Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, along with their two kids, found safety in a tunnel
 A 200m section of the bridge collapsed on Monday

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A 200m section of the bridge collapsed on Monday
 Dozens of cars fell 148ft when the bridge collapsed

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Dozens of cars fell 148ft when the bridge collapsed

“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.


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If your girl wants to have breakfast in bed, you better step up. If your girl has a flat tire, you better step up. And if a random stranger keeps messaging your girl, offering her “some action” even though she has already told him you’re engaged, again, you better step up. And that’s exactly what this fiance did.


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Trump Administration Sanctions Companies Helping North Korea

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday against three organizations and an individual accused of facilitating illicit shipments to North Korea, keeping pressure on the regime of Kim Jong-un amid ongoing negotiations over the dismantling of his nuclear program.

The companies targeted by the Treasury Department are based in China, Singapore and Russia. The shipments, which violate sanctions imposed by the United States and the United Nations, include exports of alcohol, tobacco and cigarette products, as well as refined oil products.

“Treasury will continue to implement existing sanctions on North Korea, and will take action to block and designate companies, ports, and vessels that facilitate illicit shipments and provide revenue streams to the DPRK,” Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, said in a statement, using initials for North Korea’s official name. “The tactics that these entities based in China, Singapore, and Russia are using to attempt to evade sanctions are prohibited under U.S. law, and all facets of the shipping industry have a responsibility to abide by them or expose themselves to serious risks.”

He added: “Consequences for violating these sanctions will remain in place until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.”

The Treasury Department said that the China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. and SINSMS Pte. Ltd., its affiliate in Singapore, used falsified shipping documents to export products to North Korea. Profinet, in Russia, is accused of providing fuel services to North Korean shipping vessels to help them avoid oil-related sanctions. The company’s director general, Vasili A. Kolchanov, was also sanctioned on Wednesday.

The sanctions signal the Trump administration’s exasperation with North Korea, which is insisting on a declared end of the Korean War before it takes steps to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. American officials did not consider that as a precondition to an agreement with Mr. Kim — to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula — when the North Korean leader met in June in Singapore with President Trump.

Last week, John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, expressed his disappointment with North Korea.

“We’re waiting for the North Koreans to begin the process of denuclearization, which they committed to in Singapore and which they’ve not yet done,” Mr. Bolton told CNN.

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Love Island’s Olivia Attwood looks incredible in a bright pink bikini as she ‘tries to do a sexy dance’ behind-the- scenes at a photoshoot

LOVE Island beauty Olivia Attwood sizzled as she posed in a bright pink bikini during a photo shoot.

The reality TV star posted a series of snaps of her trying to do a “sexy dance” as she gyrated in the swimwear.

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Olivia confessed she’s not got the moves to carry off a sexy dance

She wrote: “When they tell you to be sexy but yo can’t dance because your the whitest girl that ever lived.

“So then you just do a bit of posing because you know how to do that.”

In another sexy snap, Olivia pouted for the camera as she wore a sexy white one-piece swimming costume.

It comes after The Sun Online revealed Olivia has bagged a whopping £200k to appear on Celebs Go Dating, making her he highest paid star to appear on the hit show in which celebs are matched with members of the public.

 But she admits she's good at posing

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But she admits she’s good at posing

A source told The Sun Online: “It’s a win win situation for Olivia. She’s getting paid big money to find love.

“Producers are delighted she’s signed up as they thought she was brilliant on Love Island and she’s really impressed them with her TV appearances since.”

Olivia is set to go on a string of dates with potential suitors on the E4 show – and bosses were said to be thrilled to have her on board.

A TV insider previously told us: “Olivia will be brilliant on the show.

 The photographer seemed impressed with Olivia's moves

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The photographer seemed impressed with Olivia’s moves
 She also sent pulses race in this once-piece

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She also sent pulses race in this once-piece

“She’s great value and genuinely looking for a new man.

“Fans of hers have been desperate to see her back on TV following her time on Love Island last year and spin-off show with Chris.

“She will start filming for the series this week.

“She is already excited to get to know the other singletons at the mixer launch party.”


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Girl Illustrates Her Everyday Struggles In 28+ Funny Comics (New Pics)

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Genoa Bridge Was Known to Be in Trouble Long Before Collapse

In the 2016 interview, Mr. Brencich, the engineering professor, noted that many elements of the bridge had already been reinforced and that it needed frequent repairs, which he said should not have been necessary in a bridge of its age. He said the cost of maintenance had probably exceeded the cost of building a new span, and that the Morandi Bridge should be replaced and demolished.

The bridge, designed by Riccardo Morandi, carried far more traffic than it had been built for, experts say. Like many of Mr. Morandi’s projects, it is unusual in that it is mostly made of prestressed, reinforced concrete, even in parts that in modern bridges are made primarily of steel.

That turned out to be a serious weakness, because the concrete deteriorated quickly, Mr. Brencich said, noting that major repairs and replacement of parts began in the 1990s.

“Degradation and corrosion went at an unthinkable pace here,” Mr. Brencich said on Wednesday in an interview with Rai News 24. “Well-designed bridges last 100 years and then need maintenance, not after less than 40 years.”

Tie beams linking bridge parts are encased in concrete, he said, so “analyzing their fragility can never be precise.”

When the disaster struck, “I heard a thunder and then an explosion and the apartment shook,” said Mr. Infantino, the retired firefighter. “I thought a nearby apartment had exploded, then I looked out of my kitchen window and couldn’t see the bridge anymore.”

He said he saw cars and vans lying upside down on the railway tracks.

Patrizia Belotto, who lives near Mr. Infantino, said that she no longer recognized her street.

“The bridge is part of the street,” she said, sitting on the side of a road that went under the bridge. “Well, it was.”

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Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction, team news and preview as Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery face first London derby

MAURIZIO SARRI and Unai Emery will lock horns in a first London derby for the bosses.

Chelsea manager Sarri got off to a flyer with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield but it was the same old story for the Gunners as Emery’s men suffered a 2-0 opening-day loss to Manchester City.

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Maurizio Sarri saw his Chelsea side net three on the opening weekend against Hudderfield

Eden Hazard is likely to start for the Blues after coming off the bench against the Terriers.

Here is all you need to know about Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 5.30pm at Stamford Bridge…

Key men

Hazard has proved too hot for the Gunners’ defence to handle in the past and his pace will surely test centre-backs Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted 10 goals in 13 appearances for Arsenal last season and his team will be looking to him to find the back of the net against their rivals.

 Unai Emery hopes Arsenal can bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City

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Unai Emery hopes Arsenal can bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City
 The clash often produced fireworks between the clubs' ex-managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

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The clash often produced fireworks between the clubs’ ex-managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

Weakest link

Arsenal’s centre-backs will be tested. But Petr Cech looked uncomfortable his new requirement after Emery asked his goalkeeper to play short passes as part of their build-up.

The Blues showed little vulnerability at Huddersfield but Emery will undoubtedly be plotting a way to coax David Luiz into a defensive slip.

Likely lineups

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso – Kante, Jorginho, Barkley – Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech – Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal – Ramsey, Torreira, Xhaka – Ozil, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan.

Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro lead Blues to victory in opening Premier League game

The stat that matters

Chelsea have not beaten Arsenal in six matches dating back to the 2017 FA Cup final.

Prediction

1-0 to Chelsea. The visitors are likely to keep it tight at Stamford Bridge but the Blues should edge it.

 Emery and Sarri have already faced each other in a 1-1 per-season friendly draw in Dublin

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Emery and Sarri have already faced each other in a 1-1 per-season friendly draw in Dublin
Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva give Pep Guardiola dream Prem start

 

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Talk on Hong Kong Independence Goes Ahead, Despite Criticism

HONG KONG — The head of a political party calling for Hong Kong’s independence from China said Tuesday that government efforts to ban his group were a sign of eroding freedoms in the city.

Andy Chan, the founder of the Hong Kong National Party, spoke at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, an event that Chinese and Hong Kong government officials had condemned.

Calls for the club to cancel the event raised questions about the future of free speech in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous part of China where protections for civil liberties are far more robust than in the mainland.

Leung Chun-ying, who served as Hong Kong’s chief executive from 2012 to 2017, said the government, which owns the historic building the club rents in downtown Hong Kong, should not welcome a tenant that hosts a speaker who advocates separatism.

In response to Mr. Leung’s criticism, the club said last week that it planned to go ahead with the talk.

Dozens of protesters gathered near the club ahead of the event. Some opposed the talk, while others came to support Mr. Chan and his call for Hong Kong’s independence from China.

“I am here protesting for our country,” said George Ng, a retiree and member of Voice of Loving Hong Kong, a pro-Beijing group.

Mr. Ng, who was carrying a large Chinese flag, said he objected to the club giving Mr. Chan “a platform for his anti-state propaganda.”

Mr. Chan said that he considered his call for Hong Kong independence to be a natural part of the effort to promote democracy in the city.

“If Hong Kong were to become truly democratic, Hong Kong’s sovereignty must rest with the people of Hong Kong,” he said. “And there is only one way to achieve this: independence.”

Mr. Chan attacked the influence of China’s central government over the city, saying it treated Hong Kong with an even heavier hand than the former colonial ruler, Britain.

“The nature of China is oppression,” he said. “At its heart, the empire that existed in the 18th century still stands today, despite all its technological advances. China is not a modern nation-state, much less a civil society.”

A Hong Kong government spokesman said Tuesday that it was “totally inappropriate and unacceptable for any organization to provide a public platform to espouse such views.”

A group of pro-establishment Hong Kong lawmakers also criticized the talk. And the Hong Kong office of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the club, saying that by “providing a stage to ‘promote Hong Kong independence,’” it had “seriously hurt the feelings of the Hong Kong people.”

The ministry said the talk was beyond what could be considered reasonable free speech, like inviting Nazis to speak in Germany or terrorists to speak in the United States. Mr. Chan, however, said he and his party were advocates for peaceful political change.

“We condemn violence, we do not support violence, and we never have been for violence,” he said.

Calls for Hong Kong independence were largely unheard-of in this city a decade ago, and they still lack widespread public support. But after the 2014 demonstrations known as the Umbrella Movement, when protesters occupied major roadways for 79 days in an unsuccessful push for more open democracy, some activists became more vocal in their calls for the city to formally separate from China.

Official criticism of such ideas only gave them more attention, and Mr. Leung has sometimes been mockingly called the “father of Hong Kong independence” for highlighting the movement.

Mr. Leung is now a vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body to the central government.

His vocal criticism of Hong Kong independence could ensure that Mr. Leung is seen as an ally by the central government, said Maya Wang, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch.

That pattern is similar to other parts of China that have independence movements, like the western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, she said.

“That unfortunately results in authorities hardening their approach to these regions,” she said. “Instead of addressing legitimate grievances in those places over freedom of expression, participation, equality and justice, you are creating a hostile, tough approach to a certain segment of the population.”

During a visit to Hong Kong last year, President Xi Jinping warned against challenging the “red line” of Beijing’s sovereignty over the city, his most direct admonition of Hong Kong independence advocates.

Last month, the Hong Kong authorities moved to ban Mr. Chan’s party under a colonial-era law that authorizes the prohibition of groups that endanger national security, public safety and public order.

The law, formally known as the Societies Ordinance, is typically used against organized crime groups, and the proposed ban of the Hong Kong National Party would be the first application against a political party since Britain returned the territory to China in 1997.

Mr. Chan has until Sept. 4 to respond to the government’s proposed ban.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs complained to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club about plans for the talk, titled “Hong Kong Nationalism: A Politically Incorrect Guide to Hong Kong Under Chinese Rule.”

Then Mr. Leung added to the criticism, using increasingly harsh rhetoric. “Would the club invite speakers who promote racism, anti-Semitism or Nazism?” he wrote Saturday on his Facebook page.

Mr. Leung also suggested that the government was giving the club a break on its rent and that the lease should be reopened for other bidders. But Carrie Lam, the chief executive, said the club paid a market rate.

The club currently pays more than $73,000 a month for its building, a former cold-storage warehouse for a dairy. The rent has roughly doubled from the rent of about $37,000 it paid in 2008.

Victor Mallet, the club’s first vice president and Asia news editor for The Financial Times, said that the club considered the talk a “normal event,” and that it regularly hosted speakers representing a range of viewpoints it neither endorses nor opposes.

“The fact that this lunch seems to have become far from normal and has generated such exceptional interest in Hong Kong and around the world I think tells us more about the political climate in Hong Kong and in Beijing than it does about the F.C.C.,” he said.

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Genoa Bridge collapse – Lorry teetering on edge of Italy motorway was forced to brake when car overtook

A TRUCK driver who escaped certain death in the Genoa bridge disaster has told how his life was only saved when he was overtaken by another driver.

The 37-year-old revealed how he quickly slammed on his brakes when the car that shot past him toppled 150ft over the edge of the collapsed structure.

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The truck driver told how he slammed his brakes on after being overtook

The driver – named only as Luigi – said: “I saved myself because a car overtook me and I slowed down. I saw her fall with the others (and) I braked suddenly.

“I put the reverse gear on then I opened the door and I ran away. The truck stayed there with the engine running “.

The married father-of-two, who lives in Genoa, told pals how he stared “death in the face” and has been left devastated by his life-changing ordeal.

He is reported to have locked himself away with his family as he tries to get to grips with just how close he came to dying.

 Pictures show just how close the lorry came to toppling into the abyss

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Pictures show just how close the lorry came to toppling into the abyss
 Luigi revealed the road was busy at the time of the tragedy

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Luigi revealed the road was busy at the time of the tragedy
 The car that sped past the lorry toppled 150ft over the collapsed bridge

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The car that sped past the lorry toppled 150ft over the collapsed bridge

Luigi told friends how he was driving back to his warehouse in a storm after finishing his morning deliveries when disaster struck.

Although he escaped the shocking incident without a scratch friends fear it will still take him a long time to get over what happened on Tuesday morning.

Photos of Luigi’s Volvo supermarket delivery truck perched on the edge of the bridge made headlines around the world and videos of the vehicle show that its windscreen wipers are still running today.

And that could spell bad news for the emergency crews working at the horrific disaster scene today, say Luigi’s bosses.

 The driver of the lorry has been left in total shock at how near he came to dying

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The driver of the lorry has been left in total shock at how near he came to dying
Inside one of the houses destroyed by the bridge collapse in Genoa
 The man- named only as Luigi - has locked himself away with his family

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The man- named only as Luigi – has locked himself away with his family

Annalisa Damonte, of haulage company Damonte Trasporti, told La Repubblica that “from the satellite we are able to see that the vehicle has three quarters of tank and it is still lit.

“It could go on like this three or four days (with)the risks of overheating “. On board the vehicle there are just under 400 litres of diesel.

Luigi had been working for the for the company for a year, but is said to have years of experience working as a truck driver.

The news comes as rescuers  – including specialist earthquake units – desperately search for survivors among the rubble of the huge structure – which collapsed without warning.

Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning while authorities confirmed the death toll has risen to 38 .

 The lorry is full of fuel and there are fears it may overheat

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The lorry is full of fuel and there are fears it may overheat
 Teams with dogs are aiding search and rescue operations

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Teams with dogs are aiding search and rescue operations
Firefighters dig through rubble looking for survivors at Genoa motorway bridge collapse

Emergency workers searched through tons of concrete slabs and steel for survivors or bodies from the collapse a day earlier on the eve of Wednesday’s summer Ferragosto holiday.

Fire crews revealed no new survivors had been found overnight, but three more bodies had been discovered.

Teams with dogs are aiding search and rescue operations, but rescuers are not hearing or seeing any signs of life, he said, adding the situation around the bridge site is still dangerous.

Genoa police spokeswoman Alessandra Bucci said: “We are continuing with the rescue operations because we think there are other people alive under the rubble. We hope to find more people alive.”

 A night scene view showing the damages at the site of the viaduct

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A night scene view showing the damages at the site of the viaduct
 Rescue teams search for survivors among the rubble of the collapsed highway bridge

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Rescue teams search for survivors among the rubble of the collapsed highway bridge
 Rescue teams worked throughout the night in the hunt for survivors

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Rescue teams worked throughout the night in the hunt for survivors
Moment Morandi bridge collapses in Genoa, Italy

Marcello de Angelis, who is co-ordinating the Italian Red Cross in the region, revealed the emergency services were treating the incident as if it were an earthquake.

He told the BBC: “There might be the possibility of some niches being created by the rubble itself, with people being protected by the rubble.


WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • At least 38 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

“The units that we have sent are the units that we use during earthquakes.

“So it is the same sort of situation, and also the risk of other collapses, obviously is the same.”

Close to 300 firefighters and emergency services personnel were involved in the operation on Tuesday, and up to twelve people are reportedly still missing.

 Specialist earthquake rescue teams have been called to the scene

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Specialist earthquake rescue teams have been called to the scene
 The Italian authorities are calling on those who operate the bridge to resign

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The Italian authorities are calling on those who operate the bridge to resign
 A crying woman is embraced by a firefighter as she leaves the site

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A crying woman is embraced by a firefighter as she leaves the site

Fire service official Emanuele Giffi said: “We’re not giving up hope, we’ve already saved a dozen people from under the rubble.

“We’re going to work round the clock until the last victim is found.”

Italy’s transport minister called on Wednesday for senior managers to resign at the company operating the bridge that collapsed in the port city.

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