At least 13 dead in Mexico City metro viaduct collapse

At least 13 dead in Mexico City metro viaduct collapse

A rescue operation was underway after the partial collapse of a Mexico City metro viaduct on Monday evening. At least 13 people died in the incident and around 70 were injured, civil protection authorities in Mexico said.

Videos shown on Mexican television and social media showed wagons suspended in the air as sirens sounded nearby. Footage on Milenio TV showed the overpass collapsing into cars on a road below.

Another video showed emergency medics and firefighters at the crash scene searching the wreckage for survivors.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that a support beam gave way, causing the viaduct to collapse. She said that “the firefighters, the public security personnel are working. Various hospitals present. We will give you more information shortly. “

Mexico City metro viaduct partially collapsed with train cars on Monday evening Photograph: SUUMA Voluntarios / Twitter

Sheinbaum said at least one car was stuck under the rubble and rescuers were looking for survivors. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. local time on metro line 12.

The line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
“What happened today with the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families, ”Ebrard said on Twitter.

“Of course, the causes must be studied and the responsibilities defined. I reiterate that I am at the disposal of the authorities to help in whatever is necessary. “

With Reuters and Associated Press

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