Mexico Metropolis, Mexico:
An elevated metro line collapsed within the Mexican capital on Monday, leaving a minimum of 20 folks lifeless and dozens injured as a passing practice got here crashing down, authorities stated.
Safety digital camera footage broadcast by native media confirmed the carriages plunging in the direction of the bottom within the south of town.
“To this point we now have 20 individuals who sadly misplaced their lives,” Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum instructed reporters on the scene.
Town’s civil protection division stated on Twitter that round 70 others have been injured within the dramatic accident.
Dozens of emergency staff have been seen making an attempt to rescue victims from the carriages.
However the work later needed to be suspended due to fears the wreckage was too unstable.
“For now the rescue has been suspended as a result of the practice could be very weak. A crane is coming to proceed” the work, Sheinbaum stated.
A part of the practice was hanging from the tracks in a tangle of twisted cables with the entrance ends of two carriages pointing in the direction of the bottom in a V-shape.
A automotive was trapped underneath the rubble, nevertheless it was unknown if there have been folks inside.
“Abruptly I noticed that the construction was shaking,” an unidentified witness instructed the Mexican tv community Televisa.
“When the mud cleared we ran… to see if we might assist. There have been no screams. I do not know in the event that they have been in shock,” she added.
Medics have been seen taking the injured away on stretchers.
The casualties have been rushed to totally different hospitals within the metropolis, Sheinbaum stated.
The accident occurred when a bit of the elevated tracks collapsed on the Olivos station at round 10 pm (0300 GMT), she stated.
The Mexico Metropolis subway has 12 traces and carries tens of millions of passengers every day.
Monday’s accident comes simply over a 12 months after two subway trains collided in Mexico Metropolis, leaving one lifeless and round 40 injured as panicked passengers escaped by dense smoke.
Social media footage confirmed panic on the scene of that accident within the metropolis heart as lights went out, the air flow system was interrupted and the station full of smoke.
In one other incident in January of this 12 months, one individual died and 29 suffered smoke inhalation accidents in a fireplace within the metro’s management heart.
The newest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which has left greater than 217,000 folks lifeless within the nation — one of many world’s highest tolls.
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