Metro overpass collapse in Mexico City kills 23 people

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Collapsed metro line in Mexico City, Mexico. (photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Becky Grigsby, Staff Writer

Monday night, around 10:30 (Central Daylight time), 23 people were killed when one of the city’s newest metro lines, Line 12,  collapsed on the road in Mexico City, Mexico.

 

According to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, one of the support beams “gave away” when the train passed over the overpass in the southern borough of Tlahuac.

 

A crane was seen trying to hold up one subway car left hanging from the collapsed section of the overpass in a video on the scene. The footage also shows many cars buried beneath the debris. 

 

All through the night, emergency crews worked to separate people from the rubble.

 

Out of the 65 people injured, 49 of them were taken to the hospital, seven of which are undergoing surgery and in serious condition. 

 

Sheinbaum informed reporters that “there are, unfortunately, children among the dead.” The amount of children is unknown.

 

An investigation has been opened by the Mexico City Attorney General’s office.

 

Authorities began to inspect the scene Tuesday morning and the mayor has promised that they “will report the truth.”

 

Sheinbaum also reported that while the subway line, which serves 20 stations, remains closed, hundreds of buses will be brought in to cover the services that Line 12 provides. 

 

The subway line was built in 2012 during Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard’s time as mayor. 

 

Shortly after Ebrard left office, the subway line became engulfed with structural issues, corruption allegations and technical faults.

 

As a result of the problems, the subway line partially closed for repairs. 

 

“Of course, the causes should be investigated and those responsible should be identified, I repeat that I am entirely at the disposition of authorities to contribute in whatever way is necessary,” Ebrard tweeted.