At least 15 dead after Mexico City metro overpass collapses on road

Ruben Fields
May 4, 2021

An additional 34 people were rushed to hospital after the train was sent plunging downward onto a road, trapping cars under rubble on Monday night (local time).

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 20 people were confirmed dead, after she arrived at the crash site to co-ordinate the search and rescue operation. She added that people were still trapped inside the train, which was split in two and suspended.Footage showed a auto trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage from the collapsed structure. Authorities said cars were trapped.

Line 12, where the accident struck, was inaugurated in October 2012 by then mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who is now foreign minister.

A train auto was shown partially in the air following the derailment. She told reporters at the scene an additional two people had died, according to Reforma and Milenio newspapers.

"There were many people standing and sitting in the carriage", she said, adding that she hit the carriage's roof. 'We don't know if they're alive, ' she said.

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Mexico City's metro is one of the world's largest rapid transit systems, carrying about 1.6bn passengers a year.

The collapse occurred on the newest of the Mexico City subway's lines, Line 12, which stretches far into the city's south side. Allegations about poor design and construction on the subway line emerged soon after Ebrard left office as mayor.

Ebrard responded to the accident on Twitter, writing: 'What happened today with the Metro is a bad tragedy. "My solidarity with the victims and their families", he said on Twitter.

"Of course the causes should be investigated and those responsible should be identified", he wrote.

In March of previous year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead and injured 41 people. "I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary".

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