Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses, 23 Dead, injuring about 70

May 05 2021 09:20 AM
Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses, 23 Dead, injuring about 70

At least 23 people died and 79 were injured when part of the Mexico City metro system collapsed onto a roadway. Train cars fell about five meters onto the busy street below.

An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, city officials said. Rescuers initially searched a car left dangling from the overpass for anyone who might be trapped. Those efforts were suspended early Tuesday, however, because of safety concerns for those working near the precariously dangling car.

The overpass was about 16 feet above the road in the borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties among motorists on the road below. "A support beam gave way" just as the train passed over it, Sheinbaum said. The Mexico City Metro has had at least two serious accidents since its inauguration half a century ago.

Mexico City’s metro system is one of the least costly, and busiest, in the world. There have been two serious accidents in the recent past. In 2020, one person died and 41 were injured when two trains ran into each other. Another crash between two trains in 2015 left 12 people injured.

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