Emergency personnel were seen present at the site where a section of the Albiano Magra bridge collapsed on Wednesday morning.

A digger was also seen working in the cordoned off area of the collapse.

Because of the coronavirus lockdown, the bridge was almost empty, with only two trucks being there at the time of the collapse, as media reports. One driver was reportedly taken to hospital.

The bridge, which is reportedly around 400 metres long, traverses the river Magra and connects the provinces of La Spezia and Massa Carrara.

In August 2018, a similar incident occurred in northern Italy when the Morandi bridge in Genova collapsed. On that day 43 people died and 16 more were injured.

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