Bridge collapse death toll lowered by 1 to 38

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A view of the Morandi highway bridge that collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. A large section of the bridge collapsed over an industrial area in the Italian city of Genova during a sudden and violent storm, leaving vehicles crushed in rubble below. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have lowered the confirmed death toll in Genoa’s bridge collapse to 38 from 39.

Genoa Prefect Office official Raffaella Corsaro told The AP on Thursday that the change was due to a “misunderstanding” about information supplied by ambulance dispatchers.

Corsaro also says that there are 15 injured persons, including five in serious condition.

The highway bridge collapsed on Tuesday on one of the summer’s busiest travel day in Italy.

Genoa’s Chief Prosecutor Francesco Cozzi said Thursday that as many as 20 people might be unaccounted for. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said it was “inevitable” that the toll would rise as rescuers continue to search through the rubble for more bodies.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

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