An elevated portion of the Mexico City subway collapsed, sending underground cars into busy streets late on Monday, killing at least 15 and injuring around 70, city officials said.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 34 wounded were hospitalized and still trapped in a train, which was split in two and had been suspended.
The video shows a car stranded under the debris, with dozens of rescuers searching for debris from the collapsed structure. The overpass lies 5 meters above the road in the southern part of Mexico City.
“The support beam made the way,” Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam fell as the train passed.
Rescue efforts were momentarily interrupted at midnight as some of the suspended trains were “very weak”; and a crane had to be brought in.
“We don’t know if they are alive or not,” Sheinbaum said of people trapped in the subway.
It was unclear whether the majority of the fatalities were on the subway or if they were pedestrians or motorists trapped underneath.
Hundreds of police and firefighters besieged the scene in the southern Tlahuac township, while friends and relatives of people believed to be on the train gathered outside security zones.
Oscar López, 26, was looking for his friend Adriana Salas, 26, who was 6 months pregnant, on the subway, returning from work as a dentist when her phone stopped answering in an accident.
“We lost contact with her at 10:50 p.m., there was no more contact,” Lopez said.
The collapse comes on Mexico City’s newest metro line, Line 12, which stretches to the south of the city. Like many of the city’s subways, it runs underground through more than 9 million downtown areas, but then on pre-built concrete structures on the outskirts of the city.
The collapse could represent a massive blow to Mexico’s Secretary of State Marcelo Ebrard, who was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was built.Questions about the quality of the construction came shortly after he left. Mayor
Ebrard wrote on his Twitter account, “What happened to the subway today? It’s a terrible tragedy.”
“Of course the cause should be investigated and those responsible should be identified,” he wrote.
The Mexico City subway, one of the largest and busiest in the world, has had at least two fatal accidents since its opening half a century ago.
In March last year, a collision between two trains at Tacubaya station killed one passenger, injuring 41 people.In 2015, another train that did not stop on time struck another at Oceania Station, injuring 12 people.