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At least 20 dead and dozens injured in Mexico City after a subway accident


The accident occurred shortly before 10:20 pm (local time) between the Olivos and Tezonco stations. The Secretary of Government, José Alfonso Suárez del Real, explained that the wounded were transferred to the hospitals of the municipalities of Tlahuac and Iztapalapa, east of the capital.

At least 20 people died and about 70 were injured after a sector of the elevated track on which the Mexico City Metro Line 12 runs collapsed this Monday in the east of the capital at Olivos station.

The accident occurred shortly before 10.20 pm (local time) between the Olivos and Tezonco stations.

The emergency services immediately arrived to attend to the victims and to remove the collapsed train.

"I'm in the place. A trab has expired. Firefighters, public security personnel are working. Attending various hospitals. We will give more information shortly," the head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, posted on Twitter. 

The Secretary of the Government of Mexico City, José Alfonso Suárez del Real, explained that the injured are being transferred to the hospitals of Tlahuac and Iztapalapa.

The first video images show how two subway cars fell on the road where dozens of vehicles were circulating at the time.

Image at the station of the two Mexico City Metro wagons collapsed on an avenue. Civil Protection Mexico

In a video from the cameras of the surveillance system of the Government of Mexico City, it is observed how

the elevated structure breaks when the train collapses, from a height of about 20 meters

, and two wagons of the convoy remain in a "V" "and impacted with the floor.

The crash occurred on Tláhuac avenue, where there was moderate traffic.

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The installation is part of the subway bridge built during the Administration of Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), now the country's chancellor.

The accident occurred just over 1 mile (about two kilometers) from the Periférico Oriente highway and dozens of agents from the Ministry of Citizen Security and Civil Protection arrived at the place, who are in the area but at the moment there are no official data about wounded and dead.

In the images shared through social networks by many users, the fallen wagons on a bus and on at least two cars can be seen.

Moments after the collapse of a Mexico City Metro bridge, Civil Protection Mexico

On January 9, there was a fire in the control center of the Mexico City Metro, in the Historic Center, which caused one death and at least 30 intoxicated workers, in addition to six lines without service.

The Metro of the Mexican capital transports about 6 million people every working day

, which makes it one of the busiest in the world, although its demand drops during the weekend.

Various citizen organizations have criticized the precariousness of the facilities and the lack of maintenance that causes frequent interruptions in the Metro service.

With information from EFE and Milenio.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2021-05-04

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