MEXICO CITY (KVEO) — An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, according to the Associated Press.
The overpass was about 5 meters (16 feet) above the road in the borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties among motorists on the road below.
The collapse occurred on the newest of the Mexico City subway’s lines, Line 12, which stretches far into the city’s south side. Like many of the city’s dozen subway lines, it runs underground through more central areas of the city of 9 million but then runs on elevated concrete structures on the city’s outskirts.
The Head of Government of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter, those injured were transported to the main hospital in the area, in Tlahuac and Iztapalapa.
Sheinbaum also added the Secretary for Comprehensive Risk Management and PC will give more updated information regarding hospital transfers.
In Spanish, the tweet reads: “In the next few hours the @SGIRPC_CDMX will give the most up-to-date information on hospital transfers. So far he informs us there are 23 regrettable deaths. A structural review of the entire line 12 and an expert report and in-depth investigation of the causes begins.”
To obtain more information on victims and injured parties, you can call the Locatel number 55 5658 1111.
You can also follow the Secretary for Comprehensive Risk Management and PC on Twitter here.
(Information from ValleyCentral.com)