A crane was working to lift a subway car hanging in the collapsed area, so paramedics could check the car to see if anyone was still trapped. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 49 of the injured were hospitalized and 7 were severely operated on.
Shane Baum said the driver was pulled alive from a car trapped in the roadway below. Dozens of rescuers continued to search for debris from collapsed, preformed concrete structures.
“Unfortunately, some of the dead have children,” Shainbaum said without identifying some. ,
The elevated road was about 5 meters (16 feet) above the road in the autonomous region on the south side of Trauak, but the train ran on a concrete median strip.
“The support beam has given way,” Shainbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed as the train passed through the beam.
Rescue operations were temporarily suspended at midnight because the partially hanging train was “very weak”.
“I don’t know if they’re alive,” Shanebaum said of people who may be trapped in subway cars.
Hundreds of police officers and firefighters blocked the scene as desperate friends and relatives of those believed to be on trains gathered outside the security boundaries.
Oscar Lopez, 26, was looking for her friend, Adriana Saras, 26. She was on the subway from her job as a dentist when she was six months pregnant and the phone stopped answering around the time of the accident.
“I lost contact with her at 10:50 pm, literally lost contact,” Lopez said. “They don’t say anything to us, people are just crowded,” Lopez said, as there is little information in Mexico City and the coronavirus situation remains serious.
The collapse occurred on Line 12, the latest subway line in Mexico City. This line extends to the south side of the city. Like many of the city’s 12 subway lines, it runs underground in 9 million city centres, but then runs on elevated pre-formed concrete structures on the outskirts of the city.
The collapse could be devastating to Mexico City’s Secretary-General Marcelo Evrad, who was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was built. Immediately after Ebrard resigned as mayor, allegations of inadequate design and construction of subway lines surfaced. The track had to be partially closed in 2013 so that it could be repaired.
Evrad wrote on Twitter: “What happened in the metro today is a terrible tragedy.”
“Of course, we need to investigate the cause and identify the person responsible,” he writes. “I repeat that I am completely in the hands of the authorities to contribute in the way I need to.”
It was not clear if a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in 2017 could have affected the subway.
Mexico City Metro, the world’s largest and busiest city, has experienced at least two serious accidents since it opened half a century ago.
Two trains collided at Tacubaya station last March, killing one passenger and injuring 41. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another train at Oceania Station, injuring 12 people.
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Mexico City subway elevated road collapses, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens
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