The Mexico City subway overpass collapses in the street, killing at least 15 people

Rescue workers are looking for survivors after an elevated metro line collapsed in Mexico City on May 3, 2021.

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An overpass in the Mexico City subway collapsed Monday evening. A train crashed onto a street, stopped at least one car under rubble and killed at least 15 people, authorities said.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said, according to preliminary figures, 70 people were injured and 34 were hospitalized.

The video showed at least one broken train that was partially suspended and one car trapped under rubble. Dozens of rescuers searched through wrecks. The flyover was about 5 meters above the road in southern Mexico City.

“One support beam gave way,” Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed when the train passed over it.

The rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was “very weak” and a crane had to be brought in. There were still people trapped in the train, although “we don’t know if they’re alive,” said Sheinbaum.

The accident occurred on subway line 12, the construction of which was plagued by complaints and allegations of irregularities.

“What happened in the subway today is a terrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.


Steven Gregory