A photograph taken of the bridge in Genoa, Italy, which collapsed yesterday, killing at least 39 people shows the dilapidated state of the overpass just weeks before the tragedy.
The photo, allegedly taken not long before yesterday's accident, appears to show cables hanging from the sides of the Morandi bridge.
Both families of victims and government ministers have expressed outrage over the disaster, which is being blamed on a lack of maintenance by Autostrade Per Italia, the private company that operates many of Italy's toll highways.
Eerie: The bridge pictured weeks before its collapse shows it looking dilapidated with cables hanging from the sides
Italy's deputy premier, Luigi Di Maio accused the Benetton group, which through its £6million holding company Atlantia controls Autostrade Per Italia, of pocketing profits instead of investing money for maintenance.
One of the individuals singled out as responsible for the disaster is a sharply-dressed executive with a love of fast cars and tropical beaches.
Paolo Berti, 47, from Milan, is the Operations and Maintenance manager of Atlantia, and therefore one of the executives directly responsible for maintaining the Morandi Bridge – and the scores of other motorway structures – that span Italy's mountainous landscape.
The others are Stefano Marigliani, the director of the Genoa stretch of carriage way and Giancarlo Guenzi, Altantia's chief financial officer with responsibility of approving – or refusing –maintenance budgets.
Several people are now asking what role of the executives – who each earn in excess of £100,00 per year – played in the up-keep of the ruined structure.