At least 15 people were killed and 70 injured when a metro overpass crashed into a road in Mexico City on Monday night, officials said.
The crash, which occurred at 10:30 pm local time, left passengers in a car and a stray train stranded in mid-air. Video on social media And Mexico television showed. Emergency crews worked to recover those passengers.
Mayor Claudia Shenbum May said 15 people were killed, according to preliminary figures, and a beam broke just as the train was passing over it. The train was divided into two parts.
According to the Associated Press, rescue efforts were temporarily disrupted at midnight as the partially suspended train was “too weak” and a crane had to be brought in. People were still trapped in the train, but “we don’t know if they are alive,” Sheenbaum said.
City Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency Said on Twitter In the initial toll, 70 people were injured in the accident.
The injured have been taken to hospitals, Mexico City government secretary Alfonso Suarez del Real told Millennial Television. Facebook groups began compiling a list of injured as early as Tuesday.
Mayor of Mexico City Claudia Shenbum Said on Twitter That she ran into an area where video and photos showed at least one broken train.
She tweeted, “Firefighters, public safety personnel are on duty.” “Different hospitals participate.”
The accident happened on Line 12 of the Metro, the construction of which is surrounded by complaints and allegations of irregularities. According to Reuters, the line was created when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ibard was mayor of the city.
“What happened to Metro today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families.” Ibard said on Twitter. “The reasons must be investigated and the responsibilities determined. I reiterate that I am at the disposal of the authorities to help with whatever is needed.”
At least four million people use the metro system every day in Mexico City, the second largest in the United States after New York City, according to The New York Times.
The Times also reported that one person was killed and more than 40 were injured when two subway trains collided in Mexico City in March 2020. Just five years ago in 2015, a train that did not stop on time collided with another, injuring 12 people. .
Contributors: Charles Ventura, USA Today; Associated Press