At Least 23 Dead After Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses

At 23 people, including children, are dead after a metro overpass in Mexico City collapsed onto a road.

Per the Associated Press, late Monday at around 11:30 p.m. EST, an elevated section of the metro collapsed, prompting the train to plunge toward a busy boulevard.

“A support beam gave way,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at the scene, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.

The accident occurred on Line 12 near the Olivos station in the southeast section of the city. The line, construction on which started in 2006, is one of the newest lines in the Mexico City metro system.

The AP says the line had to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks could be repaired.

NBC News reports on Tuesday that the incident killed at least 27 people, including children. The AP adds that at least 79 people were injured.

Early Tuesday, Mexico's civil protection agency published a list of the victims, which shows that two 15-year-old females and a 17-year-old male were taken to area hospitals.

Sheinbaum adds that an individual was pulled alive from a car on the road, and that rescue crews recovered at least four bodies from the railway carriage.

On Tuesday, a crane had carefully lowered the car to the ground.

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard — who was Mexico City’s mayor from 2006-2012, when the affected line was built — called the collapse “the most terrible accident we have ever had in mass transportation.”

Both Sheinbaum and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are calling for investigations into the matter.

"If there's a need for an external investigation, there will be one," Sheinbaum said. "We will get to the truth, and we will get justice."

It is unclear if the 2017 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico affected the subway line. Per the AP, there are reports that cracks had appeared in the base of at least one of the columns that support the elevated track following that quake.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.


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