Mexico City, Mexico: An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens, officials said.
Security camera footage broadcast by local media showed vehicles sinking to the ground south of the city.
“So far we have 20 people who have unfortunately lost their lives,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Schenbaum told reporters at the scene.
The city’s civil defense department said on Twitter that as many as 70 others were injured in the dramatic accident.
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Dozens of emergency workers were seen trying to rescue the victims from the vehicle.
But the work had to be postponed later for fear of being too volatile.
“The rescue has been suspended for now because the train is very weak. The crane is coming to continue the work,” Sheenbaum said.
A section of the train was hanging from the track in a tangled cable, with the front ends of two vehicles turning towards the ground in a V-shape.
A car was trapped under the rubble, but it was unknown if there were people there.
“Suddenly I saw the structure shaking,” an unidentified witness told the Mexican television network Televisa.
“When the dust cleared we ran … to see if we could help. There was no screaming. I don’t know if they were in shock.”
Physicians were seen carrying the injured on stretchers.
The injured were shifted to different hospitals in the city, Shinabba May said.
He said that the accident took place at 10 pm (0300 GMT) when a part of the elevated track collapsed at the elevated station.
The Mexico City subway has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers every day.
Monday’s crash comes just over a year after two subway trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one dead and 40 injured, as frightened passengers fled from Ganse smoke.
Social media footage showed panic at the crash site in the city center, as the lights went out, the ventilation system was disrupted and the station was filled with smoke.
In another incident in January this year, a fire at a metro control center killed one person and injured 29 others.
The latest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to cope with a coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 217,000 people in the country – one of the highest toll in the world.
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