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Two people were killed and another two were wounded after an overpass collapsed on top of a highway in central Italy, according to the Italian Fire Brigade.

The tragic accident took place at the kilometric point 230.4 of the Autostrada A14 near the municipality of Camerano, located 250 kilometers (155 miles) to the northeast of Rome, between Bologna and Pescara.

Both mortal victims were a couple hailing from the town of Ascoli Piceno whose vehicle happened to be crossing under the overpass as the structure suddenly collapsed, according to local sources.

The two injured, who apparently only suffered minor injuries, were two road workers working on the broadening of the highway between the South Ancona and Loreto exits from two to three lanes, who were evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Ancona.

Only one car was affected by the collapse, the one in which the victims were traveling, according to an initial appraisal of the situation.

The company Autostrade per l'Italia, which manages part of the highway along the Adriatic coastline from Taranto (south) to Bologna (north), stated the tragic collapse happened after the sudden failure of a provisional structure supporting the overpass during roadworks intended to widen this stretch of highway.

The Italian police have released aerial images of the collapsed overpass where the central concrete slab can be seen on top of the highway below and the remains of the crushed vehicle. gsm/jam/mrp/dl