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Investigators call for demolition of remains of Genoa bridge

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Investigators call for demolition of remains of Genoa bridge
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11:14 CEST+02:00
Investigators say the danger of the remains of Genoa's Morandi Bridge collapsing is very high, as one side of the structure leans on neighbouring houses.

The ministerial committee investigating the remains of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, a section of which collapsed on August 14th killing dozens of people, has called for two remaining support structures to be demolished because of the impending danger of a further collapse. 

Roberto Ferrazza, the man heading the committee, says one of the remaining pillars is in a worse state than its twin structure was before it collapsed. The risk of collapse on parts of the bridge that remain has been classified as 4 out of a maximum of 5, reports La Stampa. 

The support structure on the eastern side of the bridge is now precariously leaning against houses below. 

 
The decision to tear down the bridge has not yet been made official, reports Repubblica. 
 
"We have received a report from the president of the ministerial commission that signals a clear state of high-grade corrosion on pylon ten" – one of the remaining columns – Genoa Prefect Fiamma Spena told Repubblica. 
 
Meanwhile Italy's Guardia di Finanza, the police branch which investigates financial crime, raided the offices of Italian motorway operator Autostrade per l'Italia in Rome, Florence and Genoa. Servers, as well as computers and smartphones belonging to the company's senior management personnel, were confiscated, reports Corriere della Sera.
 
The raid was sanctioned by the office of the public prosecutor in Genoa. 
 
 
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