An overpass in Mexico City’s metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging downward onto a road, trapping cars under rubble and killing at least 13 people, authorities said.
Mexico City’s civil protection agency tweeted that almost 70 people were injured in the accident in the south of the capital and were being taken to nearby hospitals.
“A support beam gave way,” said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who had rushed to the scene of the accident, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. local time.
🚨Actualización del accidente en línea 12 del metro, CDMX 🚨.
➡️ Cerradas las vialidades cerca del metro Olivos.
➡️ Aún no hay reporte oficial de número y nombre lesionados, calculan 50. pic.twitter.com/dz0A2izlCx
— SUUMA Voluntarios 🚑 (@SUUMA_CDMX) May 4, 2021
The accident happened on the metro’s Line 12, the construction of which has been plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities.
“What has happened on the metro today is a terrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard.
Travis Pittman contributed to this report.