<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.08/article/5b72e10ffc7e934d528b45ab.PNG"> <figcaption>Â© Polizia di Stato / Twitter / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Around 30 people have been confirmed dead following Tuesdayâ€™s bridge collapse in Genoa. As emergency services continue to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy eye witnesses are recalling how the disaster unfolded.</strong> People who were on the Ponte Morandi when it dramatically gave away say they saw numerous cars on the stretch of road when the collapse occurred. A witness told Sky Italia that he saw <em>“eight or nine”</em> vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed while Italian broadcaster RAI reported that 20 vehicles were caught up in the disaster.
One witness reported seeing lightning hit the bridge prior to the collapse, according to ANSA. It had been raining heavily in the city at the time of the incident.
Alberto Lercari, a bus driver, told Corriere della Sera: “I saw people running towards me, barefoot and terrified. I came out of the gallery and saw slowdowns and heard a roar. People ran away coming towards me. It was horrible,” he said.
Speaking to La Stampa Davide Ricci said the bridge collapsed just 20 meters away from his car. “First the central pillar crumbled, then everything else came down,” he said, adding that he was stuck on the upstanding section of the bridge while emergency crews attended the scene.