A Mexico City metro overpass collapsed on a road Monday evening, killing at least 23 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens more were injured.
Photos and videos from the scene showed wagons hanging from the collapsed viaduct and rescuers searching for and transporting people away from the scene on stretchers.
“A support beam gave way,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at the scene. She said a beam collapsed just as the train was passing over it. The accident happened on metro line 12 around 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. ET).
The mayor told reporters at the site that 65 people had been taken to hospitals and 7 were in serious condition.
Sheinbaum said earlier that one of the victims was in a car under the collapsed metro viaduct and that he is alive in a hospital.
A crane is being used to hold the train back so that rescuers can continue to work, she said. Among the dead, some are minors, she said without specifying the number.
Sheinbaum also called for an investigation into the incident.
“If an external investigation is necessary, there will be one,” she added. “We will get the truth and we will get justice. ”
Metro line 12 was built when External Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard was the mayor of Mexico City, the Associated Press reported.
“What happened today in the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families ”, Ebrard tweeted.
“Of course, we have to investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I reiterate to all the authorities my total desire to contribute to whatever is necessary, ”he wrote.
One section of the viaduct appeared to collapse completely, and another part was partially collapsed at an angle, photos and videos were shown. Video from Telemundo showed rescuers using ladders to reach cars hanging from the viaduct at a downward angle.
The Associated Press contributed.