15 DEAD, 70 INJURED AFTER CITY RAIL OVERPASS IN MEXICO COLLAPSES

by Beatrice Ambasa
May 4, 2021

A railway overpass collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night, killing 15 people and leaving 70 people with serious injuries.


A video on local channel Milenio TV showed the structure plummeting onto a stream of cars near Olivo's station in the southeast of the city at around 10.30 p.m. local time, sending up clouds of dust and rubble.


Other images showed at least two train carriages precariously hanging from the damaged overpass as emergency fire, and medical crews initially used ladders to access the carriages.


Rescue efforts for potential survivors were paused shortly after the accident, authorities said, because of the risk that more of the metro overpass and train cars could slam down onto the road.


However, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the rescue had been suspended "because the train is very weak", adding it appeared the accident was caused by a girder giving way.


A crane was being transported to the site to stabilise the train carriages so rescuers could resume their work, she said.

The Metro 12 line that runs over the collapsed overpass was built almost a decade ago when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.