A Mexico City Overpass Collapse Has Claimed 20 Lives; Many More Injured

According to local government officials, an overpass carrying a subway collapsed in Mexico City on Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Simbaum said at least 65 people have been hospitalized and 7 of them are in serious condition.

Mexico’s Ministry of Risk Management and Civil Defense said the train was traveling on the elevated part of the city’s newest line 12 rapid transit system (also known as the Golden Line) when part of the viaduct collapsed in traffic from under.

CCTV surveillance video showed that the moment the flyover collapsed into the street, a cloud of dust and debris was emitted.

The incident occurred at 10:25 p.m. According to the Minister of the Interior of Mexico City, Alfonso Suárez del Real, local time.

Sheinbaum tweeted at the scene: “Firefighters, public safety personnel are working. Several hospitals are attending. We will provide more information in the short term.”

The mayor said a survivor was trapped in a car under the rubble but was later released. The mayor said no one else was trapped.

Due to concerns about the stability of the subway cars still hanging on the road, rescue work was temporarily suspended late at night.

Sheinbaum said 49 people have been taken to the hospital and 7 of them are in serious condition. He said there were minors among the dead.

Since its opening half a century ago, the metro system has had at least two serious accidents. It was built when foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City. In March last year, an accident occurred between two trains at the Tacubaya station, killing one passenger and injuring 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop in time collided with another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.

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