At least 13 people were killed and 70 injured when a Mexico City metro overpass collapsed on a road Monday evening, authorities said.
The accident, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. local time, trapped cars under rubble and passengers in wagons suspended in the air, video on social networks and Mexican television showed. Emergency teams worked to recover these passengers.
City’s comprehensive risk management and civil protection agency said on twitter said the crash left at least 13 dead and 70 injured in a preliminary toll. Some media reports have pointed to a higher death toll.
Alfonso Suárez del Real, secretary of the government of Mexico City, told Milenio Television the injured were being taken to hospitals. Facebook groups had already started building injury lists early on Tuesday.
Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum said on twitter that she rushed into the area where the video and photos showed at least one broken train.
“Firefighters, public safety personnel are working,” she tweeted. “Various hospitals present.”
The accident occurred on metro line 12, the construction of which was marred by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
In June 2020, a powerful earthquake killed at least six people, rocked buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands to the streets to flee.
Contribute: The Associated Press