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Mexico City’s elevated subway collapsed, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens

Mexico City – City officials said at least 23 people were killed and about 70 were injured when an elevated subway in Mexico City collapsed and sent a plunge subway car towards a busy boulevard at the end of Monday. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 49 of the injured were hospitalized and 7 were severely operated on.

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The rescue team is working on May 3, 2021 at Oribos Station in Mexico City, where the overpass of the subway was partially collapsed by a train car.

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A crane was working to lift a subway car hanging in the collapsed area, so paramedics could check the car to see if anyone was still trapped.

Shane Baum said the driver was pulled alive from a car trapped in the roadway below. Dozens of rescuers continued to search for debris from collapsed, preformed concrete structures.

“Unfortunately, some of the dead have children,” Shainbaum said without identifying some.

The elevated road was about 16 feet above the road in the autonomous region south of Trauak, but the train ran over a concrete median strip, clearly reducing driver casualties on the lower roadway. ..

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On May 4, 2021, at Orivos Station in Mexico City, you can see the elevated road of a train partially collapsed by a vehicle.

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“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 because the partially hanging train was “very weak”.

“I don’t know if they’re alive,” Shanebaum said of people who may be trapped in subway cars.

The Mexican Prosecutor’s Office said it would investigate the collapse, CBS News correspondent Manuel Boyorquez reports. The US National Transportation Safety Board has not been contacted by the Mexican government to support the investigation, CBS News transport correspondent Errol Barnett reports.

Hundreds of police and firefighters blocked the scene as 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.

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Aerial photographs show rescue workers at the scene of a subway train accident after the partial collapse of an elevated subway in Mexico City on May 3, 2021.

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Adrián Loa Martínez, 46, said her mother called him that his half-brother and sister-in-law were driving when the elevated collapsed and the beam hit the car.

He said his sister-in-law was rescued and sent to the hospital, but his half-brother Jose Juan Galindo was crushed and feared he might have died. “He’s there now,” he pointed to the site to journalists.

Gisera Rioja Castro, 43, was looking for her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Angel Espinoza. She said her husband would take the train every time he finished work at the store, but never went home and stopped answering the phone. When she asked what had happened, she was immediately afraid of the worst, but she didn’t get any information from the authorities.

“No one knows anything,” she 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.

Mexico City Railroad Overpass Collapses
The rescue team is working on May 3, 2021 at Olivos Station in Mexico City, Mexico, where a subway overpass was partially collapsed by a train car.

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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.

Mexico City’s elevated subway collapsed, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens

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