Mexico rail overpass collapses, killing 15 and injuring dozens

Alonzo Simpson
May 4, 2021

López said:"We lost contact with her, at 10:50 pm, there was literally no more contact".

Several train carriages plunged to the ground, crushing at least one auto, which was on a busy road underneath. The death toll has since risen to 19, according to Foro TV, with 34 people hospitalized.

Authorities said that cars had also been trapped under the rubble.

A train vehicle was shown partially in the air following the derailment.

The overpass was about 5 meters (16 feet) above the road in the southside borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties among motorists on the roadway below.

One video shared on Twitter showed a bridge collapsing onto a busy road full of cars. The tweet said that there were still people trapped inside the carriages.

The accident occurred on line 12 of the metro railway in Mexico.

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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters cordoned off the scene as desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the trains gathered outside the security perimeter. It is the newest of the capital's 12 metro lines, opening for the first time in 2012.

The collapse could represent a major blow the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

Ebrard wrote in his Twitter account: "What happened today on the Metro is a awful tragedy". "My solidarity with the victims and their families", he said on Twitter.

'Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined.

Mexico City's metro is one of the world's largest rapid transit systems, carrying about 1.6bn passengers a year. "I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary".

In one of the worst accidents on the network, two metro trains rammed into each other leaving 23 dead and 55 injured in October 1975.

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