div id= » »>
Twenty people were killed, including children, and 49 were hospitalized when a railway viaduct collapsed on a busy road in Mexico City on Monday evening.
Rescue efforts for potential survivors were halted shortly after the crash, authorities said, due to the risk of more metro viaducts and train cars falling on the road.
A video on local channel Milenio TV showed the structure collapsing over a stream of cars near the Olivos train station in the southeast of the city at around 10:30 p.m. local time, sending clouds of dust and rubble.
<div class="c-ad c-ad--bigbox l-article__ad"> <p>L'histoire continue sous la publicité </div> D'autres images ont montré au moins deux wagons de train suspendus de manière précaire au viaduc endommagé alors que les équipes d'incendie et de santé d'urgence utilisaient initialement des échelles pour accéder aux voitures.
However, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the rescue was suspended “because the train is very weak”. A crane was being transported to the site to stabilize the train cars so that rescuers could resume their work, she said.
Sheinbaum said seven of those taken to hospital were in “serious condition” and undergoing surgery. She said earlier that a total of around 70 people were injured.
Wearing a helmet and face mask to speak to reporters at the crash scene, Sheinbaum said it looked like a beam had failed on the viaduct, but the cause was under investigation.
Bill and Melinda Gates announce separation after 27 years of marriage
Proud Boys Canada says it was never a “white supremacist” group, dissolves
<div class="l-article__part" data-shortcode="readmore"> <p class="c-readmore"> <span class="c-readmore__label"><strong>Lire la suite: </strong></span> Au moins 11 morts et 98 blessés après le déraillement d'un train de voyageurs en Égypte </p> </div>La ligne du métro 12 qui traverse le viaduc effondré a été construite il y a près de dix ans lorsque le ministre des Affaires étrangères Marcelo Ebrard était maire de Mexico.
Questions about the quality of construction emerged soon after he stepped down as mayor, including accusations of irregularities.
“What happened today with the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity goes to the victims and their families, ”Ebrard said on Twitter. “Of course, the causes must be investigated and the responsibilities defined.”
<div class="c-ad c-ad--bigbox l-article__ad"> <p>L'histoire continue sous la publicité
</div> <div class="l-article__oembed embed-twitter"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Ce qui s'est passé aujourd'hui dans le métro est une terrible tragédie. Ma solidarité avec les victimes et leurs familles. Bien sûr, il faut enquêter sur les causes et définir les responsabilités. Je me réitère à l'entière disposition des autorités pour contribuer à tout ce qui est nécessaire.</p>
Ebrard and Sheinbaum are seen by many political observers as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s most likely successors once his six-year term ends in 2024.
Mexico City’s metro, one of the largest and busiest in the world, has seen at least two serious accidents since it opened half a century ago.
In March last year, a collision between two trains at Tacubaya station left one passenger dead, injuring 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at Oceania station, injuring 12 people.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito and Noe Torres; Editing by Tom Hogue, Gerry Doyle, Michael Perry and Jane Wardell)