MEXICO CITY — An overpass in Mexico City’s metro collapsed Monday evening, sending a practice plunging towards a street, trapping at the least one automotive below rubble and killing at the least 15 individuals, authorities mentioned.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned 70 individuals had been injured, with 34 hospitalized, and folks may nonetheless be trapped contained in the practice, which was cut up in two and appeared partially suspended.
Video confirmed a automotive trapped below rubble, with dozens of rescuers looking out by wreckage of the collapse construction. The overpass was about 5 meters above the street in southern Mexico City.
“A help 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 had been nonetheless individuals trapped contained in the practice, although “we don’t know if they’re alive,” mentioned Sheinbaum.
The accident occurred on the metro’s Line 12, the development of which has been affected by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What has occurred on the metro as we speak is a horrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican overseas minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The Mexico City Metro, one of many largest and busiest on the earth, has had at the least two severe 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 lifeless, injuring 41 individuals. In 2015, a practice that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12 individuals.