A metro city in Mexico City collapsed on a road Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens more were injured.
Photos and video from the scene showed train carriages hanging from the crumbling road bridge and rescue workers searching for and transporting people away from the scene on stretchers.
“A support beam gave way,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on the spot. She said a beam collapsed just as the train passed over it. The accident occurred on the metro line 12 around kl. 22.30 (23.30 ET).
The mayor told reporters on the spot that 65 people have been taken to hospitals and 7 are in a serious condition.
Sheinbaum previously said one of the victims was in a car during the crashed subway overpass and he lives in a hospital.
A crane is being used to hold the train up so rescue workers can continue working, she said. Of the dead, some are minors, she said without giving a number.
Sheinbaum also called for an investigation into the incident.
“If there is a need for an external study, there will be one,” she added. “We come to the truth, and we receive righteousness.”
Metro line 12 was built when Secretary of State Marcelo Ebrard was now the mayor of Mexico City, the Associated Press reported.
“What happened today in the subway is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” Ebrard tweeted.
“Obviously we have to investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I reiterate to all authorities my full willingness to contribute to everything necessary,” he wrote.
Part of the transition seemed to collapse completely, and another part was partially collapsed at an angle, photos and video showed. Video from Telemundo showed rescuers using ladders to reach train carriages hanging from the transition at a downward angle.
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