A subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed on a busy road below on Monday night, killing at least 27 people, including children, authorities said. More than 60 people were injured.
Photos and video from the scene show distorted train carriages suspended from the collapsed overpass and rescue personnel searching for and transporting the wounded on stretchers.
“A supporting beam receded,” said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum at the scene. She said the beam collapsed just as the train passed over him. The incident happened on Line 12 near Olivos station in the southeastern part of the city around 22:30 (23:30 ET).
The mayor, wearing a helmet and face mask, told reporters at the scene that 65 people had been taken to hospitals and seven were in serious condition.
The Mexican Civil Protection Agency later released an updated list of victims Tuesday morning, showing that at least 79 people were taken to district hospitals, including two 1
Earlier, Scheinbaum said one of the victims was in a car under the collapsed overpass and was alive in hospital. Rescue crews also found at least four bodies from the train car, she said.
A crane is being used to hold the train so rescuers can continue to work, she said. Some of the dead are children, Scheinbaum said, without giving a number.
Alfonso, a local resident, told NBC’s Telemundo’s sister he heard a scream Monday night. “I even thought it was a car that crashed here, but no, I went out and saw the scene,” he said.
As the Mexican Civil Protection Agency began sharing lists of the wounded, friends and relatives of the missing were waiting for more news about their loved ones, but many feared the worst.
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Gisela del Ocaso, 43, told Telemundo that she was looking for her husband, Miguel Angel Espinosa Flores, who was on board the train.
Del Ocaso arrived at the scene within 30 minutes of the collapse and has not heard from her husband since. “I don’t know what to do,” she said. “We are desperate. I have two children.”
Calls for an investigation into the background of safety issues
Scheinbaum called for an investigation into the incident.
“If there is a need for an external investigation, there will be one,” Scheinbaum said. “We will get to the truth and get justice.”
Speaking at his regular press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the investigation should be carried out quickly and nothing should be hidden from the Mexican people.
The crash raised safety issues in one of the busiest metro systems in the world. It is spreading in huge cities and is home to about 20 million people, transporting about 6 million people a day.
This marks the second serious incident in the subway in Mexico City this year, after a fire broke out in the control center on January 9 – one person was killed, dozens of workers were intoxicated and the service of several lines was cut off for weeks.
At least two additional fatal incidents have been found in areas around the capital since the opening of the metro system 50 years ago. Last year, two trains collided at Takubaya station, killing one and injuring 41 others. Another train collision in 2015 injured 12 people at Oceania station.
Line 12, where the last crash occurred, is one of the newest lines added to the metro system in Mexico City. Its construction began in 2006, when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
Allegations of design flaws and poor construction of the metro line surfaced shortly after Ebrard stepped down as mayor. The line had to be partially closed in 2013 to repair the tracks, Telemundo reported.
“What happened on the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” Ebrard, who is considered a potential candidate for president in the 2024 election, wrote on Monday.
“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 is unclear whether the 7.1 earthquake that shook Mexico in 2017 also caused damage that contributed to the collapse of line 12.
Michelle Acevedo,, Sarah Maidley,, Daniela Menkos,, Associated Press and Reuters contributed.