Mexico City subway overpass collapses, killing at least 23

Mexico City subway overpass collapses, killing at least 23 and injuring dozens
Mexico city metro overpass collapse. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: An overbridge carrying a subway train collapsed in Mexico City, killing at least 23 people, including children, local government officials said about the incident took place late on Monday.

Officials added that at least 70 people have been hospitalized, seven of whom are in serious condition.

The subway was traveling on an elevated part of the city’s rapid transit system on the newest Line 12, which is also known as the Golden Line, when part of the overpass collapsed onto traffic below, according to Mexico’s Secretariat of Risk Management and Civil Protection.

CCTV footage shows the moment the overpass collapsed onto the street, sending up a cloud of debris and dust.

The incident happened at 10:25 pm local time, Mexico City’s Interior Minister Alfonso Suarez Del Real said.

Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City Mayor, tweeted from the scene: “Firefighters, public safety personnel are working. Various hospitals are serving. We will give more information shortly.”

Mayor Sheinbaum said one survivor was trapped in a vehicle beneath the rubble, but has since been freed adding that there were no other people trapped.

Earlier in the night, rescue efforts were temporarily suspended due to concerns over the stability of the train car, which was still dangling over the road.

The Metro’s Line 12 was opened in 2012. The city mayor said there would be an investigation into the accident.

Sheinbaum said: “Our main task is to attend to the people who are in the hospitals, to attend to the relatives of the victims who unfortunately died in this incident.”

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