Mexico City, Mexico:
An elevated subway line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, killing not less than 20 individuals and injuring dozens when a passing prepare crashed, authorities mentioned.
Security digicam footage broadcast by native media confirmed carriages falling to the floor in the south of the metropolis.
“So far we have 20 people who unfortunately lost their lives,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum informed reporters at the scene.
The metropolis’s civil protection division mentioned on Twitter that round 70 individuals have been injured in the dramatic accident.
Dozens of emergency employees have been seen making an attempt to rescue the victims from the wagons.
But work had to be suspended later for worry that the wreckage was too unstable.
“For now the rescue has been suspended because the train is very weak. A crane is coming to continue” the work, Sheinbaum mentioned.
Part of the prepare hung from the tracks in a tangle of twisted cables with the entrance ends of two carriages pointing towards the floor in a V-shape.
A automobile was trapped beneath the rubble, but it surely was unknown if there have been individuals inside.
“Suddenly I saw that the structure was shaking,” an unidentified witness informed the Mexican tv community Televisa.
“When the dust cleared, we ran … to see if we could help. There was no screaming. I don’t know if they were in shock.”
Doctors have been seen carrying the injured on stretchers.
The victims have been rushed to completely different hospitals in the metropolis, Sheinbaum mentioned.
The accident occurred when a piece of the elevated tracks collapsed at Olivos station round 10 pm (0300 GMT), he mentioned.
The Mexico City metro has 12 traces and carries thousands and thousands of passengers each day.
Monday’s crash comes simply over a yr after two subway trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one individual dead and about 40 injured as panicked passengers escaped by means of dense smoke.
Images from social media confirmed panic at the scene of that accident in the middle of the metropolis when the lights went out, the air flow system was interrupted and the station crammed with smoke.
In one other incident in January this yr, one individual died and 29 have been injured by smoke inhalation in a fireplace at the subway management middle.
The newest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to address the coronavirus pandemic, which has left greater than 217,000 dead in the nation, considered one of the highest tolls in the world.
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