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Worse suspected for Bridge collapse of Genoa

On the stability of the Ponte Morandi in Genoa had doubted lay always. Long before the collapse, intuitive. When you Cross the impressive bridge over the Val Polcevera, a command is always a queasy feeling, sometimes it is shaking. But what was claim with the incriminated managers of the operating company – knew actually nothing of the dangers, how you?

The newspaper "La Repubblica" reported exclusively that investigators had found in the computers at the Roman headquarters of Atlantia already a few months ago, a "certification" of experts who could refute the Alibi. Atlantia, the Holding company of the Benetton family, to which belongs, among others, the company Autostrade, which operates worldwide in 14'000 km of highways, as well as Spea, to monitor the Italian network for security problems.

From 2014 to 2016, it was said in the Reports of Spea in each case, to the Ponte Morandi there was a "collapse risk". Starting in 2017, then, for no easily apparent reason, was downgraded, the risk reduced to "a risk of stability loss". In the case of the collapse risk of the bridge would need to be locked, of course, immediately and completely, what never happened.

Until the fall of 2018, a so-called "Retrofitting" of the construction had been planned, i.e.: a total consolidation of the construction, in 1967, dedicated to had been. The bridge collapsed on may 14. August, a rainy summer day with a lot of holiday traffic. At 11.36 PM. 43 people plunged into the death.

negligent homicide in 43 cases

Since then, two investigations by the justice run, with a total of 73 defendants. The allegation: negligent homicide in 43 cases, and negligent causing of a disaster. Among the Suspects are the leaders of the involved companies, among others.

Video: last of the pillars are blown up Almost a year after the accident, the rest of the bridge will be eliminated parts. (Video: Local Team via Youtube)

"Repubblica" reported, the leaked documents of the Spea had also been at the Supervisory Board meetings negotiated, the Manager had been warned four years before the collapse. Apparently, it was, however, that the internal Watchdog colored the condition of roads, bridges and tunnels in their Reports, often beautiful – allegedly under pressure from above.

"The costs need to be evaluated reduces"

The investigators have telephone conversations; in one of them, you will hear the Manager of the maintenance company with a subordinate talk, had created a repair catalog for a bridge in Pescara. "What is with all these 50?", he asks; 50 measures a Code for essential tree. "You have to take them all out but now your writes everything and is from Pescara, 40." Then he adds: "I want to spend as little as possible, the cost must be reduced – you understand, don't you understand?" The Manager indicates in the interview that the shareholders wanted it that way.

the investigators had Why is your Fund not yet made public, is not so clear. "Repubblica" is suspected, the public Prosecutor's office have taken it as a "trump card" for the procedure. Then the managers should be proven that you knew of the dangers, already for a long time, and that you have not blocked the bridge yet.

reconstruction in Genoa is in full swing. (Keystone/Antonio Calanni/9. February 2019)

meanwhile, the Work for the new bridge is scheduled to be next spring ready. Drawn she has Renzo Piano, the architect from Genoa, and a Senator for life. 43 large candelabra to illuminate then once, visible from afar, one for each victim.

Created: 20.11.2019, 14:39 PM

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