Twenty people were killed, including children, and 49 were hospitalized when a
railway overpass collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night.
Rescue efforts for potential survivors were paused shortly after the accident,
authorities said, because of the risk that more of the Metro overpass and train cars
could slam down onto the road.
A dramatic video published on local channel Milenio TV shows the overpass of
the metro’s 12 lines collapsing on top of cars on to a road below.
Videos on TV and social media also showed emergency crews and firefighters combing
through the wreckage looking for survivors.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 15 people had been killed and a car was
trapped under the rubble.
She said on Twitter: “Unfortunately there are dead and injured people. I am on site
supporting the installation of the command center.”
The city’s Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency had initially
put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.
The metro’s 12 lines were built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor
of Mexico City.
Mr. Ebrard tweeted: “What happened today with the Metro is a tragedy.
The Mexico City Metro system has a total of 12 lines, officially known as the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo.
Line 12 was opened in 2012. On that Line, vendors are prohibited, and passengers
must have a card, not a paper ticket, to access the station.
The entire transit system for the city, usually abbreviated to STC, is the second largest
metro system in North America after the New York City Subway.