Mexico City rail overpass collapses, killing at least 13 people

James Marshall
May 4, 2021

Rescue teams in Mexico City late Monday responded to the collapse of a metro overpass, killing at least 13 and injuring 50, according to authorities.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum rushed to the area where at least one broken train could be seen along with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage.

Mexico City's civil protection agency says about 70 people were injured.

Videos posted online show two train cars crashing into one another on the ground, landing in a V-shaped angle.

"We don't know if they are alive", Sheinbaum said of the people trapped inside the subway auto.

The accident occurred on Line 12 of the metro, as the train was at the Olivos station, southeast of the city center, officials said.

Ms Sheinbaum tweeted that she was on the scene to help in the aftermath of the accident.

In March of previous year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead, injuring 41 people. "I am on site supporting the installation of the command centre", she said.

Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was "very weak" and a crane had to be brought in.

Line 12 opened in 2012 and was built when foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.

Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account, "What happened today on the Metro is a bad tragedy". "My solidarity with the victims and their families", he said on Twitter.

'Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. "I repeat that I am entirely at the disposition of authorities to contribute in whatever way is necessary".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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