At least 20 dead as train overpass collapses in Mexico City

Rescuers work at a site where an overpass for a metro partially collapsed with train cars on it at Olivos station in Mexico City, Mexico May 03, 2021. Luis Cortes/REUTERS

The train carriage was split in two as the metro overpass collapsed in Mexico City (Picture: Reuters)

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a section of an overpass collapsed in Mexico City.

Shocking footage shows a train carriage hanging in the air as rescue teams desperately search for survivors in the wreckage.

People were still trapped in the train that split in two earlier this morning, with 34 of around 70 injured people being treated in hospital, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

‘A support beam gave way,’ Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.

A car was also trapped under the rubble of the overpass which carried trains about five metres above the road.

Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially dangling train was ‘very weak’ and a crane had to be brought in.

At least 20 people have been killed in the incident (Picture: Getty)

Dozens of injured people are being treated in hospital (Picture: Reuters)

The injured are carried away from the scene on a stretcher (Picture: Getty)

A car was trapped under the collapsed overpass (Picture: Getty)

‘We don’t know if they are alive,’ Sheinbaum said of the people trapped inside the subway car.

It is unclear if most of the dead were on the subway cars, or whether they were pedestrians or motorists caught below.

Hundreds of police and firefighters cordoned off the scene in the southern borough of Tlahuac, as friends and relatives of victims gathered on the road.

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Oscar Lopez, 26, was searching for his friend, Adriana Salas, 26. Six months pregnant, she was riding the subway, returning from her work as a dentist when her phone stopped answering around when the accident occurred.

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Source:: Metro News

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