genoa - The most iconic, chilling and imaginative picture of the bridge in Genoa is still the Basko truck, which stands still for the abyss. Driver Cesare Giuzzi had an angel on his shoulders and saved his body with a decisive action. 'I saw emptiness and hell.'
Almost twenty-four hours after the disaster in Genoa, the pouring rain has given way to sun, the dust clouds have been erected and the windscreen wipers are still on. It looks like a still life, painted by a contemporary artist. That Cesare Giuzzi is still alive is a miracle: his truck braked just before the abyss and remained on the last stretch of highway, while for him dozens of people dived into death.
Cesare is now speaking for the first time. The 37-year-old driver only worked for one year for his transport company from Genoa. He drove for supermarkets from Basko. 'A miracle', he calls his adventure against Italian media. 'I slowed because someone passed me. Braking was impossible due to the rain. You could not see much, 'he begins.
At one point he felt shocked. 'The car in front of me disappeared, seemed to be swallowed up by the clouds. I looked up and saw the bridge pylon fall down. I slowed, and instinctively I put the acceleration in reverse when I saw the emptiness in front of me. It was as if I was trying to escape from that hell. '
At that moment the van drove a few meters backwards, writes the newspaper Corriera Della Sera. It is not clear whether later the road surface where Cesare was driving, has been dumped down. Some videos seem to suggest that. 'I felt that I had to escape. I jumped from the truck, ran away on foot. It rained horribly. On the way I still told other drivers that they had to run away. '
If the emergency services arrive, the bus driver is in shock. 'I do not know how it is possible that I am alive,' he told them. Doctors looked after him in the hospital. Around noon he returned to his boss. There colleagues seemed to be in the lead all day to answer troubled calls, because the picture of his truck had gone viral.