August 18, 2018 / 3:36 PM / a month ago

Autostrade voices sadness, sets up fund for Italy bridge victims

GENOA (Reuters) - Top executives of Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l’Italia, which managed a bridge that collapsed in the port city of Genoa this week, voiced profound sadness for the victims on Saturday and said it would set up a fund for their families.

FILE PHOTO: Toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia's headquarters are seen in Rome, Italy August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

On Tuesday, a 200-metre section of the Morandi viaduct gave way in busy lunchtime traffic, killing at least 38 people.

Autostrade Chairman Fabio Cerchiai and Chief Executive Giovanni Castellucci held their first news conference since the disaster on Saturday in Genoa, as rescue workers kept searching for the last few unaccounted people buried in the rubble.

Autostrade is controlled by infrastructure group Atlantia, in turn controlled by Italy’s Benetton family.

Reporting by Paola Balsomini and Giulia Segreti; Editing by Mark Bendeich

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