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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Mexican Overpass Collapses, 23 Dead, 60 Injured

A Mexico City subway overpass collapsed onto a busy street below Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children, officials said. More than 60 people were injured. 

Photos and video from the scene show several damaged train cars hanging from the overpass while rescue personnel continue searching and transporting injured people on stretchers. 

“A support beam gave way,” Mexico City Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said at the scene. She said the beam collapsed as the train passed over it. The accident occurred on Line 12 near the Olivos station in the southeastern part of the city around 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. EST). 

Sheinbaum told reporters that 65 people had been taken to the hospital, seven of them in serious condition. She also said one of the victims that had been in a car under the collapsed overpass was alive and at the hospital. 

A crane was being used to hold up the train to allow rescue workers to continue to work, she said. Sheinbaum did not reveal how many had died, but did mention some of the deceased were children. 

Mexico’s subway system is one of the busiest in the world.

Line 12 was built when Foreign Relations Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, was mayor of Mexico City. 

“What happened today in the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” Ebrard tweeted. “Of course we need to investigate cause and determine responsibility. I reiterate to all authorities my complete willingness to contribute everything necessary.” 

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