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Archbishop of Genoa to host state funeral for bridge disaster victims

by Press Association

After a motorway bridge collapsed in Italy this week, killing 38 people, blame has been thrown at the EU, Italian politicians and the infrastructure company Autostrade. 

Several families have rejected the offer of a state funeral on Saturday and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.

"You can't, you mustn't die for negligence! For carelessness! For irresponsibility! For superficiality!" said cardinal Crescenzio Sepe. 

The state funeral will be led by Archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who on Thursday said: 

"I am deeply saddened by the huge disaster that occurred in Genoa and that has caused numerous deaths, several injuries and huge damage,

"Our prayers are with those affected by the accident. Genoa will rise from the mourning and pain of this day and show its solidarity."

Other private funerals were held in Piedmont and elsewhere in Italy.

Survivors have been shocked at how they escaped with their lives. Davide Capello, 33, a firefighter and football player, was driving alone on the bridge when his Volkswagen Tiguan and the road it was on plunged to the ground.

"The car protected me. Besides God, the car also did its job," Mr Capello said.

On Thursday, prosecutors said as many as 20 people could still be missing in the bridge collapse, but cautioned that some people initially reported as unaccounted for might be on holiday and had not yet contacted their families.

Hundreds of residents in those buildings have been evacuated - and there is no guarantee they will ever return to those homes.

Emergency workers also want to quickly remove the tons of debris that fell into the dry riverbed under the bridge so it does not create a dam that floods the rest of the city if heavy rains fall again.

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