The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

THE two re­main­ing tow­ers of the mo­tor­way bridge in the Ital­ian city of Genoa that col­lapsed last year, killing 43 peo­ple, have been spec­tac­u­larly de­mol­ished to make way for a new struc­ture.

The re­mains of the 4500tonne Mo­randi bridge took just seven sec­onds to col­lapse in a cloud of dust.

Nearly 4000 res­i­dents had to be evac­u­ated first.

The bridge col­lapsed last Au­gust dur­ing a heavy rain­storm, send­ing about 35 cars and sev­eral trucks plung­ing 45m on to the rail­way tracks below. The dis­as­ter threw the spot­light on Italy’s age­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

With the de­mo­li­tion over, of­fi­cials are now wait­ing for the ar­rival of a ship trans­port­ing the first parts of a new bridge, the con­struc­tion of which is sched­uled to be­gin next year.

Pic­tures: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The re­mains of Genoa's Mo­randi mo­tor­way bridge are blown up to al­low a new bridge to be built af­ter the first one col­lapsed in rain, killing 43 peo­ple.

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