Italy bridge collapse: Angry families shun state funeral

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It has been the stuff of macabre legend for years - that those who cross the Sicilian mafia end up encased in the concrete pylons of viaducts and bridges.

Adorned with flowers and photographs, 18 coffins - including a small white one for the youngest 8-year-old victim who died alongside his parents - lined an exhibition center transformed into a chapel on Saturday morning, according to an Agence France-Presse reporter. Bagnasco said the tragedy "gashed the heart of Genoa".

He encouraged citizens to show solidarity so "we can build new bridges to walk together" and rise above the tragedy.

Bagnasco called the disaster "a deep wound" for the city.

The imam drew applause when he prayed that God protect Italy and all Italians.

But some of the victims' families boycotted the event and held their own private services, as a protest against the state, others grieved in private.

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Four more bodies were discovered in the rubble by rescuers on Saturday, bringing the total dead to 43.

After 3 bodies were recovered from a auto crushed under slabs of concrete, the Genoa prefecture raised its official death toll.

Relatives said the family from northern Italy had been driving to catch a ferry for the island of Elba for their vacation.

Italian transportation minister Danilo Toninelli and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio have blamed the company, Autostrade per l'Itali, which operates and maintains the highway, for the collapse. The man's mother had refused to leave a tent set up a few hundred yards away from the rubble until his body was found.

Two other people are believed to be still missing as recovery work continues.

Nine people are still in hospital, four in a critical condition, the prefecture added. The collapse has prompted fears over other ageing infrastructure in Italy and overseas, with Bulgaria announcing Thursday a plan to renovate more than 200 bridges while France has said one in three of national road bridges are in need of fix.

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Mourners applauded firefighters and others involved in search-and-rescue efforts as they arrived for the funeral on a day of national mourning.

The government will launch a plan next month aimed at making Italy's infrastructure safe, said Giancarlo Giorgetti, undersecretary in the prime minister's office.

"It will be a maintenance operation with no precedents, with enormous investment in public works", including not only motorways, bridges and viaducts but also public buildings such as schools, he told Il Messaggero.

Also attending the Mass were players and managers from the city's two major league soccer teams, Genoa and Sampdoria.

Giovanni Castelluci, the boss of operating company Autostrade per l'Italia, said millions of euros for victims' families would be available from Monday.

"If they think that they have paid for their mistakes then they are mistaken", said Salvini on Saturday.

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The chief executive replied: "I would say that apologies and responsibilities are interconnected".

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