Five years ago, a preventable catastrophe occurred. The ongoing trial is increasingly revealing this fact. Have lessons been learned?
Even from space, it was visible. The “Ponte Morandi,” named after its creator, an Italian engineer, had shifted by nine to ten centimeters in just a few months. However, by the time NASA could analyze satellite images using modern technology, it was already too late. On August 14, 2018, at 11:36 a.m., the highway bridge in Genoa, a crucial transportation route for the entire region, collapsed, causing the deaths of 43 people.
The anniversary of the catastrophe falls on Monday, marking its fifth year. It remains an open wound in the collective memory of Italians because the collapse could have been prevented. The disaster has yet to be fully addressed, as the court proceedings to determine responsibility only began last year. “We anticipate a duration of about ten years across all instances. The first instance could conclude by the end of next year,” says Egle Possetti, the head of the organization representing the victims’ families, in an interview with F.A.Z. She lost her sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew in the collapse.