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At least 23 killed, dozens injured as metro overpass collapses in Mexico City

City officials say at least 23 people were killed and about 70 were injured as the elevated subway section of Mexico City collapsed and the subway cars plunged into a crowded boulevard.

The rescue team searched for hours of cars hanging from the elevated, looking for someone who might have been trapped.

However, due to safety concerns of people working near unstable hanging cars, these efforts were interrupted early on Tuesday. A crane was brought in and helped support it.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said he could have been trapped in a car after the most deadly accident on the world’s busiest city subway.

Aerial photographs show rescue workers at the scene of a subway train accident after the partial collapse of an elevated subway in Mexico City on May 3, 2021.

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Earlier, Ms. Shainbaum said someone was pulled alive from a car trapped in the road below. She said 49 of the injured were hospitalized and 7 were severely operated on.

“Unfortunately, some of the dead have children,” Shainbaum said without identifying some.

The elevated road was about 5 meters above the road in the Trauak district, but the train ran over a concrete median strip, clearly reducing driver casualties on the road below.

“The support beam has given way,” Shainbaum said as the train passed over it.

Mexico City Metro has had at least two serious accidents since it opened half a century ago. Two trains collided at Tacubaya station last March, killing one passenger and injuring 41. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another train at Oceania Station, injuring 12 people.

Hundreds of police officers and firefighters blocked the scene as desperate friends and relatives, allegedly on the train, gathered outside the security boundaries.

Members of the Mexican Red Cross are working at the scene of the accident on May 3, 2021 after the partial collapse of an elevated subway road in Mexico City.

Members of the Mexican Red Cross are working at the scene of the accident on May 3, 2021 after the partial collapse of an elevated subway road in Mexico City.

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Adrian Roa Martinez, 46, said her mother called him that his half-brother and sister-in-law were driving when the elevated collapsed and the beam hit the car. ..

He said his sister-in-law was rescued and sent to the hospital, but his half-brother, Jose Juan Galindo, was crushed and feared he might have died. “He’s there now,” he pointed to the site to journalists.

Fidel Rioja Castro, 43, was looking for her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Angel Espinoza. She said her husband would take the train every time he finished work at the store, but never went home and stopped answering the phone. When she asked what had happened, she was immediately afraid of the worst, but did not receive any information from the authorities.

“No one knows anything,” she said.

The collapse occurred on Line 12, the latest subway line in Mexico City. This line extends to the south side of the city. Like many of the city’s 12 subway lines, it runs underground in 9 million city centres, but then runs on elevated concrete structures on the outskirts of the city.

The collapse could be devastating to Mexico City’s Secretary-General Marcelo Ebrard, who was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was built.

Immediately after Mr. Evrad resigned as mayor, allegations of inadequate design and construction of subway lines surfaced. The track had to be partially closed in 2013 so that it could be repaired.

Evrad wrote on Twitter: “What happened in the metro today is a terrible tragedy.”

“Of course, we need to investigate the cause and identify the person responsible,” he writes.

“I repeat that I am completely in the hands of the authorities to contribute in the way I need to.”

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