The overpass of the Mexico City subway train crashed into a road on Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens were injured.
Photos and videos of the scene showed trains hanging over the crumbling overpass, ambulance staff searching and transporting people from the scene on stretchers.
“A support beam has let go,” Mexican Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at the scene. He said a beam collapsed as the train passed through it. The accident occurred on subway line 12 around 22:30 (ET 23:30).
The mayor told reporters at the scene that 65 people have been taken to hospital and 7 people are in serious condition.
Sheinbaum previously said one of the victims was sitting in a car under the crashed subway overpass and was alive in a hospital.
A crane is being used to hold the train so rescue workers can continue to work, he said. Some of the dead were minors, he said, without giving the number.
Sheinbaum also called for an investigation into the case.
“If an external investigation is needed, there will be one,” he added. “We get to the truth and we get the truth.”
Subway line 12 was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City, the Associated Press reported.
“What happened in the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families” – Ebrard tweeted.
“Of course, we need to look at the reasons and define responsibilities. I reiterate to all authorities my full willingness to contribute to everything that is needed,” he wrote.
Part of the overpass seemed to have completely collapsed and another part had partially collapsed at an angle – the photos and videos showed. Telemundo’s video showed ambulances using ladders to reach trains that hung from the overpass.
Associated Press consented.