Italy bridge collapse: Two killed after motorway bridge crashes down on top of car near Ancona

Hatty Collier
A bridge that collapsed onto the A14 motorway near the central Italian city of Ancona: EPA

A motorway bridge in Italy has collapsed killing two people who were driving beneath it, officials said.

The victims were travelling in a vehicle beneath the bridge when it came crashing down on top of them on a road near the north-east Italian city of Ancona.

The couple were a 60-year-old man and his 54-year-old wife who lived in the Marche region, La Repubblica newspaper's website said.

Two Romanians who were working on the road at the time were also injured.

The bridge crushed the car on the A14 highway, which runs down the Adriatic coast of Italy.

It collapsed after a temporary structure which was supporting the bridge gave way beneath it, the Italian highways agency said.

One witness named Francesco said the bridge collapsed “suddenly” and that a driver in front of him braked and stopped just 10m from the collapsed bridge.

Six months ago another bridge came crashing down over a busy road in northern Italy, killing one person and injuring five.

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