At least 23 people have died after a subway bridge collapsed in Mexico City, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced.
Another 70 people were taken to hospital following the incident on Monday night, dpa news agency quoted Sheinbaum as saying to reporters.
Several carriages of a line 12 subway train plunged meters deep and collided with each other, videos circulating on social media showed. Initial findings showed part of the bridge gave way, Sheinbaum said.
From moments ago, the collapse of the elevated #Linea12 #MetroCDMX railway that crashed the subway. Many are blaming current Foreign Affairs Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mayor of Mexico City when this line was built, with allegations of poor construction and money issues. pic.twitter.com/LkCl6gfKG6— David Wolf (@DavidWolf777) May 4, 2021
Footage also showed rescuers using a ladder to pull passengers out of train cars as they were hanging.
Cars had been travelling underneath the collapsed section of the overpass at Olivos station on the south-eastern edge of the city.
Because of the train’s unstable position, rescue efforts had to be suspended, Sheinbaum added.