At least 15 people were trapped under rubble as Mexico City’s metro elevated road collapsed late Monday night, trains passing by plunged into a crowded boulevard, officials said. Died.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 70 people could be injured, 34 hospitalized and could remain trapped in a train that was split into two and stopped.
According to Reuters, a dramatic video on a local television channel showed an elevated road falling into a car on the road below.
Other videos show a car trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers looking for wreckage. The elevated road was about 5 meters above the road in southern Mexico City.
“The support beam has given way,” Shainbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed as the train passed through the beam.
Rescue operations were temporarily suspended at midnight as the partially hanging train was “very weak” and required a crane to be brought in.
“I don’t know if they’re alive,” Shane Baum said of people trapped in subway cars.
It was unclear whether most of the dead were in subway cars, pedestrians, or drivers caught underneath.
Hundreds of police and firefighters blocked the scene in the autonomous region south of Trauak. Desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the train gathered outside the security boundaries.
Oscar Lopez, 26, was looking for a friend, Adriana Saras, 26. Six months pregnant, she was on the subway and returned from her job as a dentist when the phone stopped answering in the event of an accident.
“We lost contact with her at 10:50 pm. There was literally no further contact,” Lopez said.
The collapse occurred on Line 12, the latest subway line in Mexico City. This line extends to the south side of the city. Like many of the city’s 12 subway lines, it runs underground in 9 million city centres, but then runs on elevated pre-formed concrete structures on the outskirts of the city.
The collapse could have a devastating impact on Mexico City’s Mayor Marcelo Evrad, who was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was built. Shortly after he resigned as mayor, questions were asked about the quality of construction.
“What happened in the metro today is a terrible tragedy,” Evrad wrote on his Twitter account.
“Of course, we need to investigate the cause and identify the person responsible,” he writes. “I repeat that I am completely in the hands of the authorities to contribute in the way I need to.”
Mexico City Metro, the world’s largest and busiest city, has experienced at least two serious accidents since it opened half a century ago.
Two trains collided at Tacubaya station last March, killing one passenger and injuring 41. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time collided with another train at Oceania Station, injuring 12 people.
At least 15 people killed and dozens injured in the collapse of an elevated subway road in Mexico City
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