An overpass in Mexico Metropolis’s metro collapsed Monday evening, sending a practice plunging towards a highway, trapping not less than one automotive underneath rubble and killing not less than 15 folks, authorities mentioned.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned 70 folks had been injured, with 34 hospitalized, and other people might nonetheless trapped contained in the practice, which was break up in two and appeared partially suspended.
Video confirmed a automotive trapped underneath rubble, with dozens of rescuers looking out by means of wreckage of the collapsed construction. The overpass was about 5 metres above the highway in southern Mexico Metropolis.
“A assist beam gave manner,” 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 folks 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 suffering from complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What has occurred on the metro immediately is a horrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican international minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The Mexico Metropolis Metro, one of many largest and busiest on this planet, has had not less than two critical accidents since its inauguration half a century in the past.
In March of final yr, a collision between two trains on the Tacubaya station left one passenger useless, injuring 41 folks. In 2015, a practice that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12 folks.