2021-05-05 02:26:41 Mexico City Subway Collapse Kills At Least 20
Mexico City Subway Collapse Kills At Least 20
According to local officials, at least 23 people were killed when an elevated train line collapsed in Mexico City on Monday night.
At around 10:22 p.m. local time, a subway train traveling on Line 12 fell to the ground after an overpass caved in.
According to the Mexican news service Telediario, at least 70 people were taken to the hospital, with seven undergoing surgery, according to Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum in a press conference.
According to the Associated Press, Sheinbaum stated, “Unfortunately, there are children among the dead.”
Footage from the incident, which was shared on social media, showed the moment the overpass collapsed, sending two carriages crashing down onto traffic on both sides.
According to the mayor, a survivor who was trapped in a vehicle beneath the debris was rescued.
Officials have identified two of those killed so far.
Sheinbaum urged members of the public who suspected their loved ones were involved to contact authorities as the search for victims continued.
“We send our support to all the families who have lost someone and everyone who has someone in the hospital, and we are going to be helping them and giving them all the support they want,” the mayor said.
According to the Associated Press, Mexico City’s subway system is one of the world’s largest and the second-busiest in North America.
Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, is the city’s most recent route, running from southwest to southeast.
In 2014, a section of the line was forced to close temporarily due to reported infrastructure issues that posed a threat to passenger safety.
In the aftermath of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that caused visible structural damage, additional partial closures were required in 2017.
Following Monday’s collapse, the mayor assured the public that a thorough government investigation into what happened would be conducted, with the assistance of international experts.