An overpass in Mexico Metropolis’s metro collapsed Monday night time, sending a practice plunging towards a highway, trapping no less than one automobile beneath rubble and killing no less than 15 individuals, authorities mentioned.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned 70 individuals had been injured, with 34 hospitalized, and folks might nonetheless trapped contained in the practice, which was cut up in two and appeared partially suspended.
Video confirmed a automobile trapped beneath rubble, with dozens of rescuers looking by wreckage of the collapsed construction. The overpass was about 5 metres above the highway in southern Mexico Metropolis.
“A help beam gave means,” Sheinbaum mentioned, including that the beam collapsed simply because the practice handed over it.
Rescue efforts had been briefly interrupted at midnight as a result of the partially hanging practice was “very weak” and a crane needed to be introduced in. There have been nonetheless individuals trapped contained in the practice, although “we do not know if they’re alive,” mentioned Sheinbaum.
The accident occurred on the metro’s Line 12, the development of which has been stricken by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What has occurred on the metro at the moment is a horrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican overseas minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The Mexico Metropolis Metro, one of many largest and busiest on this planet, has had no less than two severe accidents since its inauguration half a century in the past.
In March of final 12 months, a collision between two trains on the Tacubaya station left one passenger useless, injuring 41 individuals. In 2015, a practice that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12 individuals.