At least 23 dead after Mexico City metro overpass collapses

An overpass of the Mexico City subway crashed on a street on Monday evening, killing at least 23 people, including children, according to the authorities. Dozens more were injured.

Photos and videos of the scene showed wagons hanging on the crumbling overpass and rescue workers looking for people on stretchers and transporting them away from the scene.

“A support beam gave way,” said the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, on site. She said a beam collapsed when the train passed over it. The accident occurred on subway line 12 at around 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. ET).

The mayor told local reporters that 65 people have been taken to hospitals and 7 are in serious condition.

Sheinbaum previously said that one of the victims was in a car under the collapsed subway overpass and lives in a hospital.

A crane will be used to hold the train so rescue workers can continue to work, she said. Some of the dead are minors, she said without giving a number.

Sheinbaum also requested an investigation into the incident.

“If an outside investigation is needed, there will be,” she added. “We will get to the truth and we will get justice.”

Subway line 12 was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was now mayor of Mexico City, Associated Press reported.

“What happened in the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” said Ebrard tweeted.

“Of course we have to investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I confirm to all authorities my unconditional willingness to contribute to whatever is necessary,” he wrote.

One section of the overpass appeared to collapse completely, and another part had partially collapsed at an angle, as photos and videos showed. Telemundo’s video showed rescuers using ladders to reach train wagons that hung at a downward angle from the overpass.

The Associated Press contributed.

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