Once the symbol of a country on a path to prosperity, the Morandi bridge collapse is the first major challenge for the country’s populist coalition

About 40 minutes after the Morandi bridge collapsed I was there, under it, amid the ruins. It was pouring with rain and the road had been closed shortly before by the city police. I ran to the site. And when I caught sight of the destroyed “little Brooklyn” – as we Genovese liked to call it – I started to weep.

It was like something out of a war zone: the wreck of crushed lorries and cars, the white cloths over bodies that had only just been taken out, the twisted, incredulous faces of the first rescuers on the scene.

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