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At least 23 people died after the collapse of a subway overpass in Mexico



An overpass on Mexico City’s subway collapsed on Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens more were injured.

Photos and videos from the scene show train cars hanging from the collapsed overpass and rescue personnel searching and transporting people to the scene on stretchers.

“A supporting beam receded,” said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum at the scene. She said the beam crashed just as the train passed over him. The incident happened on the metro line 12 around 22:30 (23:30 ET).

The mayor told reporters at the scene that 65 people had been taken to hospitals and 7 were in serious condition.

Earlier, Scheinbaum said one of the victims was in a car under the collapsed subway and was alive in hospital.

A crane is being used to hold the train so rescuers can continue to work, she said. Some of the dead are minors, she said, without giving a number.

Scheinbaum also called for an investigation into the incident.

“If there is a need for an external investigation, there will be one,” she added. “We will get to the truth and get justice.”

Line 12 of the subway was built when Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is now mayor of Mexico City, the Associated Press reported.

“What happened on the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” tweeted Ebrard.

“Of course, we must investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I reiterate to all authorities my full desire to contribute to everything necessary,” he wrote.

It seems that part of the overpass completely collapsed, and another part was partially collapsed at an angle, photos and video showed. A video from Telemundo shows rescuers using stairs to reach train cars suspended from the overpass at an angle downwards.

Associated Press contributed.




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