An overpass in Mexico City, carrying a subway train collapsed on Monday night. The accident left the train spilt in two parts. 15 people have died in the incident and around 70 injured people are reported. According to the officials, the train plunged towards the road and the collapse trapped one car under the rubble.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum reported via Twitter that over 70 people were injured and 34 have been hospitalized. More people could still be trapped inside the train or debris. She added, “Firefighters, public safety personnel are working. Various hospitals are serving. We will give more information shortly.”
Sheinbaum told “A support beam gave way”, as a result of which, the beam collapsed just when the train passed over it.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Risk Management and Civil Protection said, “The subway was traveling on an elevated and outdoor portion of the city’s rapid transit system on the newest Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, when a portion of the overpass collapsed.”
A CCTV footage of the incident shows the accident. The overpass can be seen collapsing directly over a street with moving cars. Later, everything got covered in a cloud of dust and debris. According to the reports, the incident happened on the metro’s Line 12, which has previously recorded many complaints regarding construction irregularities.
Mexico City’s Interior Minister Alfonso Suarez Del Real informed that the accident happened at 10:25 pm, local time. The overpass that collapsed was about 5 meters above the road in southern Mexico City.
Although the rescuers reached the site, but the rescue efforts were suspended as a part of the train was unstable and still dangling in the air, which was very weak. Hence, the rescuers had to wait for a crane to carry on with the rescue work. Sheinbaum told that there could be people still trapped, “we don’t know if they are alive”.
Rescue operation is still going on. Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard also commented on the situation. He tweeted, “What has happened on the metro today is a terrible tragedy,”