At least 15 people have been killed and 34 injured after an overpass carrying Mexico City metro train cars collapsed on to a road.
The disaster near Olivos Station in Las Arboledas took place on Monday evening at about 10:25pm, with dramatic social media footage showing an orange train falling on top of traffic below.
Videos shared on both local TV and social media showed emergency crews and firefighters combing through the wreckage desperately looking for survivors, the Mirror reports.
The government has confirmed at least 15 people were killed and 34 hospitalised, with some still trapped in subway cars after a rescue operation had to be paused.
“So far there are 15 dead people, 34 injured were transferred to different hospitals; for now the rescue work was interrupted since the structure is very fragile and a crane is required to support the train and there is no greater risk,” a journalist at the scene said.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter: “Unfortunately there are dead and injured people. I am on site supporting the installation of the command centre.”
The Metro’s 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
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“What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy,” he said on Twitter.
“My solidarity with the victims and their families. Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary.”
The Mexico City Metro system has a total of 12 lines, officially known as the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo.
Line 12 was opened in 2012.
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