An elevated subway line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, killing at least 15 and injuring dozens when a passing train crashed, authorities said.
Security camera footage released by local media showed cars plunging toward the ground in the city’s south.
“So far, 15 people have unfortunately lost their lives,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters at the scene.
The city’s civil defense department said on Twitter that around 70 other people were injured in the dramatic accident.
Dozens of rescuers were seen rescuing the victims from the cars.
But the work had to be suspended later for fear that the wreckage would be too unstable.
“For now, the rescue has been suspended because the train is very weak. A crane is coming to keep going, ”Sheinbaum said.
Part of the train was suspended from the tracks in a tangle of twisted cables with the front ends of two cars pointing towards the ground in a V-shape.
A car was stuck under the rubble, but it was not known if there were people inside.
“Suddenly I saw that the structure was shaking,” an unidentified witness told Mexican television station Televisa.
“When the dust cleared, we ran… to see if we could help. There was no screaming. I don’t know if they were in shock, ”she added.
Medics were seen carrying the injured on stretchers.
The injured were taken to various hospitals in the city, Sheinbaum said.
Mexico City’s metro has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers every day.
Monday’s crash comes just over a year after two subway trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one dead and some 40 injured as panicked passengers escaped through dense smoke.
Social media images showed panic at the scene of this crash in the city center as the lights went out, the ventilation system was shut down and the station filled with smoke.
In another incident in January this year, one person died and 29 were injured by smoke inhalation in a fire in the metro control center.
The latest crash comes at a time when Mexico struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 217,000 lives nationwide – one of the highest tolls in the world.
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