The train was running on the elevated part of the city’s expressway system on the latest line 12, also known as the Golden Line, when part of the overpass collapsed into the traffic below, the Mexico’s Risk Management and Civil Protection Secretariat said.
CCTV surveillance footage shows the moment the overpass collapsed directly into the street, sending a cloud of dust and debris. Earlier, officials said at least 70 people were injured.
The incident occurred at 22:25 local time, according to Mexico City Interior Minister Alfonso Suarez Del Real.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted from the scene: “Firefighters, public safety staff are working. Various hospitals are serving. More information will be available soon.”
Sheinbaum said one of the survivors was trapped in a vehicle under the ruins, but has since been released. There are no other trapped people, the mayor said.
Rescue efforts were temporarily suspended early in the night due to concerns about the stability of the subway car, which continued to hang over the road.
According to Mayor Sheinbaum, 49 were transported to hospitals, seven of whom were in serious condition. Among the dead were minors, he said.
It’s an evolving story, more to come.