Mexican train bridge collapses, killing 20
An overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging downward, trapping cars under rubble and killing at least 20 people, authorities said.
An overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging toward a road, trapping at least one car under rubble and killing at least 20 people, authorities said.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 70 people were injured, with 49 hospitalised, and people could still be trapped inside the train, which was split in two and appeared partially suspended.
Video showed a car trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage of the collapse structure. The overpass was about five meters above the road in southern Mexico City.https://twitter.com/CNPC_MX/status/1389468664034902018https://twitter.com/SUUMA_CDMX/status/1389438685763014659
"A support beam gave way," Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.
Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was "very weak" and a crane had to be brought in.
There were still people trapped inside the train, though "we don't know if they are alive," said Sheinbaum.
The accident happened on the metro's Line 12, the construction of which has been plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
"What has happened on the metro today is a terrible tragedy," tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard.
Oscar López, 26, was searching for his friend, Adriana Salas, 26. Six months pregnant, she was riding the subway, returning from her work as a dentist when her phone stopped answering around when the accident occurred.
"We lost contact with her, at 10:50 p.m., there was literally no more contact," López said.
The collapse occurred on the newest of the Mexico City subway's lines, Line 12, which stretches far into the city's southside. Like many of the city's dozen subway lines, it runs underground through more central areas of the city of 9 million, but then runs on elevated, pre-formed concrete structures on the city's outskirts.
The collapse could represent a major blow to the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico City mayor from 2006 to 2012 when the Line 12 was built.
Questions about the quality of the construction emerged soon after he left office as mayor.https://twitter.com/sam23858402/status/1389457505189830662
Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account, "What happened today on the Metro is a terrible tragedy."
"Of course the causes should be investigated and those responsible should be identified," he wrote. "I repeat that I am entirely at the disposition of authorities to contribute in whatever way is necessary."
The Mexico City Metro, one of the largest and busiest in the world, has had at least two serious accidents since its inauguration half a century ago.
In March of last year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead, injuring 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.