Official stated that dozens more could be injured as videos on Mexican television and social media showed the overpass falling onto cars below
An overpass for Mexico City’s metro partially collapsed with train cars on it on Monday night, videos on Mexican television and social media showed.
Newspaper El Universal reported six dead and 80 injured, citing emergency services responding to the scene. By midnight local time, Mexico City emergency authorities spoke of 13 dead and 70 injured.
Preliminary reports said that the elevated rail collapsed when a vehicle struck one of the support pillars at street level. The train broke in two as it plummeted to the ground below.
Line 12 is the newest line of the Mexico City metro, inaugurated in 2012. It runs south-southwest of the Mexican capital, which has an estimated population of 9.2 million.
Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter she was headed towards the scene of the accident.
Trasladándome en este momento al sitio del incidente de la línea 12. Informó en cuanto llegue.— Claudia Sheinbaum (@Claudiashein) May 4, 2021
One of the videos on Milenio TV shows the overpass collapsing on cars on a road below.
Photos from the site show the train cars hanging above the crumbled supports, as rescue teams try to evacuated any passengers that may have been on board.
Another video showed emergency medical crews and firefighters at the scene of the accident combing through wreckage looking for survivors.
Train cars on an overpass in Mexico City crashed onto cars below when the overpass collapsed Monday night. https://t.co/4NIP2uClr0— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) May 4, 2021
About two dozen ambulances responded to the scene.
BREAKING: A raised subway track has collapsed in Mexico City, plunging train cars with passengers aboard to the ground, according to images broadcast on Milenio TV https://t.co/DBiGLW9rct— Bloomberg (@business) May 4, 2021