Mexico City Bridge Collapses While Subway Train Crosses, Killing More Than 20
In southern Mexico City, a metro line overpass collapsed when a trainset ran over it. The accident happened around 10:30 pm local time. The emergency services are on site en masse.
According to the mayor, at least 23 people have been killed, about 70 people have been injured.
The accident happened last night on metro line 12 in southern Mexico City. A bridge over a busy road at Olivo’s metro station broke down when a metro train ran over it. The bridge came down, along with a carriage. At least one car just passing under the bridge at that moment would be buried under the rubble. Passengers of the trainset were trapped
Rescue services are on-site en masse, trying to free the occupants of the metro train. The rescue works were interrupted for a while because the trainset was too weak to allow an intervention. Emergency workers are still looking for possible victims in the metro train and the rubble.
The Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, is at the scene of the accident. According to her, there are already 23 fatalities. She also mentions 70 injuries, most of them taken to hospital. According to the mayor, the disaster was caused by a mainstay that broke down.
The Olivos metro station on Mexico City’s line 12 did not open until 2012. There had been problems before, due to the poor quality of the metro line.
In 2014, the Olivos station closed its doors for a year due to technical defects. The line was also damaged in an earthquake in September 2017. More than two years ago, images of damage to the viaduct and support pillars appeared on Twitter.