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23 dead, dozens hurt as elevated metro collapses in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY: An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, leaving at least 23 people dead and dozens injured as a train came plunging down, authorities said.


Carriages were seen hanging from the overpass in a tangle of twisted cables with the ends pointing towards the ground in a V-shape.


“Unfortunately there are 23 deceased,” including minors, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters at the scene in the south of the capital.


Around 65 others received hospital treatment following the dramatic accident, one of the worst to strike the Mexico City metro since it was inaugurated in 1969.


Anxious relatives gathered at the site awaiting news of those believed to have been aboard the train.


Efrain Juarez said that his son was in the wreckage.


“My daughter-in-law called us. She was with him and she told us the structure fell down over them,” he said.


Another man who did not give his name said that his brother was among those trapped.


“He came with his wife and they managed to get her out, but he was crushed there and we don’t know anything,” he said.


‘STRUCTURE WAS SHAKING’


Dozens of emergency workers were seen trying to rescue victims from the carriages.


The work had to be suspended because of fears the wreckage was too unstable, but it later resumed with the help of a crane.


A car was trapped under the rubble, but a person inside managed to get out alive, she said.


The police, who brought rescue dogs, urged onlookers to move back in case of falling debris.


“Suddenly I saw that the structure was shaking,” an unidentified witness told the Mexican television network Televisa.


“When the dust cleared we ran... to see if we could help. There were no screams. I don’t know if they were in shock,” she added.


Medics were seen taking the injured away on stretchers.


—AFP


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