The reconstruction – At that time, shortly after 6pm on a Friday evening, around the bridge there were several people who were chatting and improvising an aperitif. Elifani and his friend also took advantage of the quiet of the place to talk in the open air when there was a sudden failure. The agents are not yet able to ascertain whether the 40-year-old has simply supported himself or if he has instead “solicited” the balustrade by exerting a push but this can only be determined by the expert reports that will surely be ordered by the court during the investigation.
The first indications come, however, from the inspection of the fire brigade technicians, to whom it seemed clear that the conditions of the bridge were “potentially dangerous”. “If such a structure were in a perfect state of maintenance, it would take a considerable effort to tear down the balustrade – commented one of the operators – and from the first reconstructions it seems that this has not happened”.
“The fixed bread bridge” – This reinforces the picture of an accident due to the precarious conditions of the iron bridge known as “El pont de pan fiss” (the bridge of fixed bread), so called because in that area there was the Branca candle factory which guaranteed the ” safe place “to workers. Over the years that small bridge over the canal has become a symbol of old Milan that resists the modernity of the nearby skyscrapers. Although secluded and secondary compared to the large volumes of pedestrian traffic in other points, the bridge remains a passage frequented daily and this immediately fueled the controversy over the possible responsibility of the Municipality.
Hall: “The dynamics will be ascertained” – Meanwhile, the mayor Giuseppe Sala he expressed his cooperation in the investigation and closeness to the victim’s family. “The news of the accident in which Andrea Elifani lost his life leaves us all dismayed. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family. The dynamics of this sad event will be ascertained, in the memory of Andrea and in respect for his family and all the Milanese – continued the mayor – We will do everything in our power so that certain tragic events never happen again “.
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