MEXICO CITY — An overpass in Mexico Metropolis’s metro collapsed Monday night time, sending a prepare plunging towards a highway, trapping at the least one automobile beneath rubble and killing at the least 15 folks, authorities mentioned.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned 70 folks have been injured, with 34 hospitalized, and folks may nonetheless be trapped contained in the prepare, which was cut up in two and appeared partially suspended.
Video confirmed a automobile trapped beneath rubble, with dozens of rescuers looking by way of wreckage of the collapse construction. The overpass was about 5 meters above the highway in southern Mexico Metropolis.
“A help beam gave method,” Sheinbaum mentioned, including that the beam collapsed simply because the prepare handed over it.
Rescue efforts have been briefly interrupted at midnight as a result of the partially hanging prepare was “very weak” and a crane needed to be introduced in. There have been nonetheless folks trapped contained in the prepare, although “we don’t know if they’re alive,” mentioned Sheinbaum.
The accident occurred on the metro’s Line 12, the development of which has been suffering from complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What has occurred on the metro right this moment is a horrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican overseas minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The Mexico Metropolis Metro, one of many largest and busiest on the earth, has had at the least two critical 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 folks. In 2015, a prepare that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12 folks.