The accident occurred at 22.20 local time Monday between Olivos and Tesonko stations on the 12th subway line.
According to the mayor of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum, who was at the scene of the accident, killed 20 people, among them many children. About 50 were injured and taken to hospital, according to Reuters. Seven of them were seriously injured, says Shinbaum.
Mexican media has published exciting sequences from the event and there are also photos On Twitter. The films show a car stuck under a landslide. The Associated Press reported that the bridge is located about five meters across the road.
Major rescue efforts were made with an ambulance, fire brigade and paramedics who took care of the dead and wounded and searched for survivors at the scene.
Initially, rescuers used the stairs to reach the wounded, but due to the risk of a landslide, the rescue operation was disrupted while waiting for a crane to reach the scene to install the train cars.
Outside the barriers There were anxious relatives and friends of people who might have been on the train. Oscar Lopez was looking for his girlfriend who was on her way home when her phone turned off at the same time as the accident.
We lost contact with her at that time and were unable to call again, he tells the Associated Press.
The cause of the accident is not clear, but Claudia Shinbaum says a bearing steel beam is believed to have given way to the AP.
“What happened on the subway today is a terrible tragedy. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” tweeted Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, the former mayor of the city.
According to the EFE news agency built The collapsed portion is now in a system of high tracks when Marcelo Ebrard was the most senior politician in charge in Mexico City (Ciudad de México), in the years 2006-2012. The Associated Press writes that the construction work has surrounded complaints and accusations of wrongdoing.
Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter: “The causes must of course be investigated and those responsible must be identified. I repeat that I am completely at the disposal of the authorities to contribute in every way.”
The metro network began to be used in the 1960s, but it has grown to become the second largest network in North America after New York. In terms of the number of travelers, the network ranks 10th in the world with approximately 1.6 billion passengers per year.
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