Genoa bridge collapse: ‘I was the last car behind those who died’- survivors describe how motorway disintegrated before their eyes

Another four yards and he would have been dead. Antonio Rubino slammed on the brakes of his car just short of the point at which the bridge in Genoa collapsed.

A few seconds later and he would have plunged into the void – as did all the cars and trucks in front of him.

He was one of several drivers who cheated death on Tuesday when the Morandi bridge suffered a catastrophic collapse during a heavy thunderstorm and torrential rain.

“I was the last car behind those who died,” said Mr Rubino.

“In front of me the asphalt just completely collapsed. I’m alive by a miracle. Luckily I was not shunted from behind otherwise I would have gone down with the others. I was three, maybe four metres from the…

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