Italy bridge collapse: Three more bodies found under the rubble

Genoa bridge collapse

Mourners and heads of state gathered in Genoa, Italy on Saturday for a state-run funeral to honor victims of the highway bridge collapse on Tuesday.

Italian RAI state radio said what was believed to be the body of the last person missing in Tuesday's collapse of the Morandi Bridge was that of a 30-year-old man.

Saturday's mass for 19 of the victims was held at Genoa's Exhibition and Trade Centre and was led by the city's archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.

He said the process will take about eight months to complete.

The European Commission also tweeted its "deepest sympathy and honest condolences to the families and friends of those who have died".

Genoa's prefect's office could not confirm the reports by the Ansa news agency and other Italian news media that the bodies were found by recovery workers overnight.

Firefighters are applauded as they pay homage to the victims of the Morandi bridge collapse.

More than half of the families of the victims of the bridge collapse have refused to take part in the state funeral.

Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him.

Other funerals on Friday saw angry mourners who blame authorities for failing to keep the bridge safe.

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Lega Serie A said it had postponed Genoa's match at AC Milan and Sampdoria's game at home to Fiorentina following requests made by the two clubs "as a effect of the tragedy which has struck the city of Genoa".

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the reasons behind the bridge collapse, but have yet to publicly identify the cause.

"I, too, have traveled over this bridge many times, even recently", said Mattarella, demanding that authorities commit to carrying out their "duty to guarantee the safety of our roads".

Global reinsurer Swiss Re has today announced its link to the Italian company, Autostrade per I'Italia, which manages the stretch of motorway in Genoa on which a 50-year-old highway bridge collapsed earlier this week, causing nearly 40 fatalities. He demanded that "responsibility be ascertained with rigor" for the collapse of the bridge, which linked two major highways, one leading to Milan and the other toward France.

Italy was preparing an official day of mourning on Saturday to commemorate the dozens of people killed in Genoa's bridge disaster with some outraged relatives of victims set to shun the official ceremonies.

Castellucci declined to talk about the government's stance.

A vehicle was found on Saturday morning by rescue workers under slabs of concrete.

Also attending the service were Premier Giuseppe Conte and several Cabinet members, including Italy's transportation and infrastructure minister.

As the cleanup crews went about their work, authorities were anxious about the stability large remaining sections of the bridge, prompting a wider evacuation order and forcing about 630 people from nearby apartments, some practically in the shadow of the elevated highway. Relatives of the dead stood beside the coffins, adorned with white and yellow roses, some with their hands on the caskets. Photographs of those who perished, flowers, and on at least one coffin, a signed soccer jersey, a small sports trophy and a stuffed animal added personal touches.

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