Authorities said that on Monday night, the Mexico City subway overpass collapsed on a road, killing at least 23 people, including children. Dozens of people were injured.
The photos and videos at the scene showed that the train carriages hanging on the broken flyover and rescuers were searching for and transporting people out of the scene on stretchers.
The Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said at the scene: “The support beam gave way.” She said that the beam suddenly collapsed when the train passed by. The accident occurred at around 10:30 pm (1
The mayor told reporters at the scene that 65 people have been taken to the hospital, 7 of whom are in serious condition.
Sheinbaum said earlier that one of the victims was in a car under the collapsed subway overpass. He was still alive in the hospital.
She said a crane is being used to support the train so that rescuers can continue to work. She said that some of the dead were minors and did not specify.
Sheinbaum also called for an investigation into the incident.
She added: “If an external investigation is needed, there will be one.” “We will get the truth, we will get justice.”
According to the Associated Press, Line 12 of this subway was built when the current Minister of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard was serving as the mayor of Mexico City.
Ebrard said on Twitter: “What happened in the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families.”
He wrote: “Of course, we need to investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I reiterate to all authorities that I am fully willing to contribute to everything necessary.”
Photos and videos show that part of the overpass appears to have collapsed completely, while the other part is partially collapsed at an angle. Video from Telemundo shows rescuers using a ladder to reach a train car suspended from an overpass at a downward angle.
Associated Press Contributed.