MEXICO CITY (AP) — An elevated part of the Mexico Metropolis metro collapsed and despatched a subway automobile plunging towards a busy boulevard late Monday, killing no less than 20 individuals and injuring about 70, metropolis officers mentioned.

A crane was working to carry up one subway automobile left dangling on the collapsed part in order that emergency staff may enter to test the automobile to see if anybody was nonetheless trapped. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned 49 of the injured have been hospitalized, and that seven have been in critical situation and present process surgical procedure.

Sheinbaum mentioned a motorist had been pulled alive from a automobile that was trapped on the roadway beneath. Dozens of rescuers continued looking via wreckage from the collapsed, preformed concrete construction.

“There are sadly youngsters among the many useless,” Sheinbaum mentioned, with out specifying what number of. ,

The overpass was about 5 meters above the highway within the southside borough of Tlahuac, however the practice ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties amongst motorists on the roadway beneath.

“A assist beam gave manner,” Sheinbaum mentioned, including that the beam collapsed simply because the practice handed over it.

Rescue efforts have been briefly interrupted at midnight as a result of the partially dangling practice was “very weak.”

“We don’t know if they’re alive,” Sheinbaum mentioned of the individuals presumably trapped contained in the subway automobile.

A whole lot of cops and firefighters cordoned off the scene as determined associates and kinfolk of individuals believed to be on the trains gathered outdoors the safety perimeter.

Oscar López, 26, was looking for his buddy, Adriana Salas, 26. Six months pregnant, she was driving the subway house from her work as a dentist when her cellphone stopped answering across the time the accident occurred.

“We misplaced contact together with her, at 10:50 p.m., there was actually no extra contact,” López mentioned. With little info and a nonetheless critical coronavirus state of affairs in Mexico Metropolis, López mentioned “they don’t seem to be telling us something, and individuals are simply crowding collectively.”

The collapse occurred on the most recent of the Mexico Metropolis subway’s strains, Line 12, which stretches far into town’s southside. Like most of the metropolis’s dozen subway strains, it runs underground via extra central areas of town of 9 million, however then runs on elevated, pre-formed concrete constructions on town’s outskirts.

The collapse may signify a significant blow for Mexican Overseas Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico Metropolis’s mayor from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was constructed. Allegations about poor design and building on the subway line emerged quickly after Ebrard left workplace as mayor. The road needed to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks might be repaired.

Ebrard wrote on Twitter: “What occurred right now on the Metro is a horrible tragedy.”

“After all, the causes ought to be investigated and people accountable ought to be recognized,” he wrote. “I repeat that I’m totally on the disposition of authorities to contribute in no matter manner is critical.”

It was not clear whether or not a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 may have affected the subway line.

The Mexico Metropolis Metro, one of many largest and busiest on the earth, has had no less than two critical accidents since its inauguration half a century in the past.

In March of final 12 months, a collision between two trains on the Tacubaya station left one passenger useless and injured 41 individuals. In 2015, a practice that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12 individuals.

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