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Mexico City rail overpass collapses onto highway, killing 20 people

  • Twenty people have been killed and 49 hospitalised when a rail overpass collapsed in Mexico.
  • Rescue operations have been paused due to the overpass weak point.
  • Authorities are working to determine the useless.

Twenty people have been killed, together with youngsters, and 49 have been hospitalised when a railway overpass collapsed onto a busy highway in Mexico City on Monday evening.

Rescue efforts for potential survivors have been paused shortly after the accident, authorities stated, due to the chance that extra of the Metro overpass and practice vehicles may slam down onto the highway.

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A video on native channel Milenio TV confirmed the structure plummeting onto a stream of vehicles close to Olivos station within the southeast of the town at round 22:30 native time, sending up clouds of mud and rubble.

Other pictures confirmed at the least two practice carriages precariously hanging from the broken overpass as emergency fireplace and medical crews initially used ladders to entry the carriages.

However, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated the rescue had been suspended “because the train is very weak”.

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Rescue employees collect on the web site of a metro practice accident after an overpass for a metro partially collapsed in Mexico City.

A crane transported to the location was working to stabilise the practice carriages so rescuers may resume their search to see “if there are more people inside the train car,” she stated.

Sheinbaum stated an individual trapped of their automotive beneath the rubble had been rescued alive and was taken to hospital. Seven of the people transported to hospital have been in a “grave condition” and present process surgical procedure, she stated.

Sheinbaum stated authorities have been working to determine the people who have been killed. She earlier stated a complete of round 70 people had been injured.

Wearing a tough hat and face masks to talk to reporters on the accident web site, Sheinbaum stated it appeared a girder had given means on the overpass however the trigger was being investigated.

The Metro 12 line that runs over the collapsed overpass was constructed nearly a decade in the past when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.

“What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity is with the victims and their families,” Ebrard stated on Twitter. “Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined.”

Ebrard and Sheinbaum are seen by many political observers because the most certainly successors to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as soon as his six-year time period is over in 2024.

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