AT LEAST 24 KILLED IN MEXICO CITY UNDERGROUND RAIL BRIDGE COLLAPSE
At least 24 people were killed after a bridge on an elevated section of the Mexico City underground system partially collapsed as a train was passing over it late Monday, Nick Kaiser and Natalie Skrzypczak reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Some 79 people were injured, some of them seriously, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told journalists. Several carriages of a line 12 metro train plunged several meters and collided into each other, videos circulating on social media showed.
"Our solidarity goes out to all those families who have lost loved ones," Sheinbaum added.
Initial findings showed the accident occurred when part of the bridge gave way, Sheinbaum said, announcing an investigation into the "unfortunate and serious incident."
Traffic had been flowing under the collapsed section of the bridge at Olivos station on the south-eastern edge of the Mexican capital at the time of the accident. "All we heard was a loud thundering and everything came crashing down," the Universal newspaper quoted a 26-year-old survivor as saying.
Footage showed a large number of rescuers using a ladder to pull passengers out of train carriages as they were hanging from the bridge. Given the train's unstable position, a crane was later used in the rescue work to free trapped passengers. "We all screamed and then fell into the depths," Reforma newspaper quoted survivor Itzel Yolitzin Garcia as saying. "It was terrible."