Mexico City, Mexico:
Officials said an elevated metro line fell into the Mexican capital on Monday, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens.
Security camera footage broadcast by local media showed vehicles moving towards the ground in the south of the city.
“So far we have 20 people who have lost their lives unfortunately,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Shinbaum told reporters at the scene.
The city’s Department of Civil Protection said on Twitter that about 70 others were injured in the dramatic crash.
Dozens of emergency personnel were seen trying to rescue the victims from vehicles.
But later work had to be postponed as the wreckage was very unstable due to apprehensions.
“It is now suspended for rescue because the train is too weak. A crane is coming to continue the work”, said Shenaboum.
A part of the train hung in a V-shape from a tangled track of twisted cable with the front end of two trains pointing towards the ground.
A car was trapped under the debris, but it was unknown if there were people inside.
“Suddenly I noticed that the structure was shaking,” an unnamed witness told Mexican television network Television.
“When the dust cleared we ran away … to see if we could help. There was no screaming. I don’t know if they were in shock,” she said.
Medics were seen carrying the injured on stretchers.
Sheinbaum said the casualties were taken to various hospitals in the city.
The accident occurred at around 10 pm (0300 GMT) due to the collapse of a portion of the elevated track at Olivos station.
The Mexico City Metro has 12 lines and receives millions of passengers each day.
Monday’s accident occurred just a year after two metro trains collided in Mexico City, killing one and leaving around 40 injured amidst the thick smoke.
Social media footage showed panic at the scene of the accident in the city center as the lights went out, the ventilation system was obstructed and the station filled with smoke.
In another incident in January this year, one person died and 29 suffered smoke inhalations due to fire in the Metro’s control center.
The latest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to cope with the coronavirus epidemic, killing more than 217,000 people in the country – one of the world’s highest tolls.
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