Fifteen people were killed and 70 hurt when an overpass carrying Mexico City metro train cars partially collapsed on to a road on Monday night, authorities said.
A dramatic video on local channel Milenio TV shows the overpass of the metro’s 12 line collapsing on top of cars on a road below.
Videos on television and social media showed emergency medical crews and firefighters combing through the wreckage looking for survivors.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 15 people were killed and that a car was trapped under the rubble.
“A support beam gave way,” Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.
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Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was “very weak” and a crane had to be brought in. There were still people trapped inside the train, though “we don’t know if they are alive,” said Sheinbaum.
The city’s Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency initially put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.
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The metro’s 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City. The construction of the line has been plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” Ebrard said on Twitter.
“Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary.”
In March of last year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead, injuring 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito and Noe Torres; Editing by Tom Hogue, Gerry Doyle and Michael Perry)
–With files from the Associated Press and Global News
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