According to local officials, at least 23 people died in Mexico City after an elevated train line collapsed on Monday night.
At around 10:22 p.m. local time, an overpass collapsed and the subway train of Line 12 fell to the ground.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at a press conference that at least 70 people have been taken to the hospital and 7 of them are undergoing surgery. According to the Mexican news agency Telediario.
“Unfortunately, there are children among the dead,” Sheinbaum said. According to the Associated Press.
material The incident shared on social media showed that at the moment the overpass collapsed, two carriages crashed down and hit vehicles on either side.
The mayor said that a survivor trapped in a vehicle under the rubble was rescued.
So far, officials have determined the identities of two of them.
Sheinbaum advises those members of the public who think their loved ones might be involved to extend a helping hand as they continue their efforts to identify victims.
The mayor said: “We show our support to all families who have lost their loved ones and all those who have been hospitalized. We will help them and provide them with all the support they want.”
According to the Associated Press, the subway system in Mexico City is one of the largest in the world and the second busiest in North America.
Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, is the recently opened line that runs through the city from southwest to southeast.
In 2014, some lines were temporarily closed due to Report Infrastructure issues that pose a threat to passenger safety.
In 2017, further partial closures are necessary. 7.1 level An earthquake that caused significant structural damage.
After Monday’s crash, the mayor assured the public that the government will conduct a thorough investigation of what happened, including the assistance of international experts.