At least 23 people have been killed after a train line collapsed in Mexico City on Monday night, according to local authorities.
22:00 local time. A subway train with 12 lanes crashed to the ground after the underpass collapsed on the 22nd.
At least 70 people were taken to hospital, seven of whom underwent surgery, Mayor Claudia Schinbaum told a news conference. according to the Mexican Telediario news service,
“Unfortunately, there are children among the dead,” Scheinbaum said. according to the Associated Press,
In the video: The incident, which was spread on social networks, showed the moment when the underpass collapsed, two wagons went down, on the traffic of cars on both sides.
The survivor who was left in the car under the rubbish was rescued, the mayor said.
Officials have so far identified two of those killed.
Shinbaum advised members of the public who believed that their loved ones might be involved as to reach out as efforts to find victims continued.
“We send our support to all the families who have lost someone, everyone who is in the hospital, we are going to help them, to give them all the support they want,” said the mayor.
Mexico City’s subway system is one of the largest in the world, according to the AP, and the second busiest subway system in North America.
Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, is a recently launched route that runs through the city from southwest to southeast.
A section of the line was forced to be temporarily closed in 2014 due to reports infrastructure problems that pose a threat to passenger safety.
Further further partial closure was required in 2017: a 7.1 magnitude an earthquake that left visible structural damage.
Speaking after the collapse on Monday, the mayor assured the public that a thorough government investigation would be launched into the incident, with the support of international experts.