Mexico metro overpass collapse kills 23

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 5 May 2021

An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexico City yesterday, leaving at least 23 people dead and dozens injured as a train came plunging down.

Carriages were seen hanging from the overpass in a tangle of twisted cables with the ends pointing towards the ground in a V-shape.

Minors were among those who died in the crash, according to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

Around 65 others received hospital treatment following the accident, one of the worst to strike the Mexican capital's metro since it was inaugurated in 1969.

Rescue work had to be suspended because of fears the wreckage was too unstable, but later resumed with the help of a crane.

A car was trapped under the rubble, but a person inside managed to get out alive.

Sheinbaum promised an examination of the affected metro line, which will remain closed, and a full investigation into the causes of the accident.

The Mexico City subway has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers each day. Line 12, where the accident struck, was inaugurated in October 2012 by then mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who is now foreign minister.

Ebrard offered his cooperation with the investigation of what he called a "terrible tragedy."

Yesterday's incident comes just over a year after two subway trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one dead and around 40 injured as panicked passengers escaped through dense smoke.



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