Vehicles fell from a bridge near the Italian city of Genoa, some 100m about 328 fit above the ground, as it collapsed on Tuesday.

At least 10 deaths have been reported. 

The bridge, a major motorway, collapsed at about 11:30 a.m. local time.

Italian Transport Minister, Danilo Toninelli, said it was likely to be "an immense tragedy", while police gave the number of deaths already recorded. 

The head of the local ambulance service was quoted by one source as saying there were "dozens of dead".

Video footage are emerging on the collapse showing that one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather.

The police linked it to what they called a violent cloudburst.

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But eyewitness told Italian public television there was a queue of traffic on the bridge at the time. Initial reports indicate there may be people trapped in the rubble.

At Least 7 Killed In Bridge Collapse In Italy

Officials told the AFP that the collapsed section had mostly fallen onto rail tracks below, adding that cars and trucks had also fallen.

One image posted by the regional emergency services shows a truck perched at the end of the surviving bridge section immediately before the drop, and says rescue workers are operating en masse at the scene.

According to the BBC, the bridge built in the 1960s stands on the A10 toll motorway and is known as the Morandi bridge. The missing section was dozens of metres in length, and ran across the span of the Polcevera stream.

Restructure work was carried out in 2016.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica described that part of the city as "densely inhabited".

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This came few hours after a man had ran into cyclist waiting for traffic light in London and went ahead to crash the car into security barriers near the House of Parliament. 

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