A subway overpass collapsed on Monday night in Mexico City, sending the cars of a passenger train plunging to the ground and killing at least 23 people, the government said.
At least 70 others were injured, officials said, and an unknown number remained trapped amid tilted train cars, tangled wires and twisted metal.
The crash occurred on Line 12 of the subway system near the Olivos Station in southeast Mexico City, Mexico’s civil protection agency said in a post on Twitter. Local news reports said the accident occurred between the Olivos and Tezonco stations.
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, called the crash a “terrible tragedy” in a Twitter post late Monday. “Of course, the causes should be investigated and the responsibilities for it defined.”
The crash occurred about 10:25 p.m., and emergency teams scrambled to the scene. Photos and videos of the crash showed at least one orange-and-yellow subway car hanging from an overpass.
BREAKING: Train overhead track collapses in Mexico City; several people reported trapped pic.twitter.com/oz1TghLM4M
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Update on #MetroCDMX:
At least 13 people were killed when an overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging downward onto a road, trapping cars under rubble.pic.twitter.com/GVbX2FKgMX
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The subway system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles more than four million passengers a day. It is the second-largest in the Americas, after the one in New York City.
In March 2020, one person was killed and at least 41 others were injured when two subway trains collided in Mexico City.
After a powerful earthquake hit Mexico in September 2017, killing 94 people in Mexico City and more than 100 others elsewhere, some of the elevated infrastructure on the same subway line was damaged.
Later that month, some local residents said that they feared the damaged infrastructure might collapse. Local newspapers reported at the time that a column between the Olivos and Nopalera stations had suffered structural damage. It also reported that engineers were to conduct an ultrasound survey of the reinforcing steel in 300 columns along Line 12’s elevated portion.