Mexico City: at least 23 dead in the collapse of a bridge during the passage of a metro



At least 23 people were killed and 70 others injured in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, after the collapse of an overhead metro bridge when a train passed, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, May 4, authorities said. local.

The accident happened around 10 p.m. local time (5 a.m. in France) near Olivos station, on metro line 12 which crosses the south of the capital. Dozens of firefighters and rescuers quickly activated to free the injured and the bodies of passengers incarcerated in a pile of metal, rubble, cables and deformed rails. Others worked to keep curious people away because of the risk of other sections of the structure collapsing.

“Suddenly I saw the structure breaking down, told a witness to the Mexican television channel Televisa. Less than a minute later, everything fell and a cloud of dust formed (…). When the dust cleared, I tried to see what I could do to help. The silence was terrible. Two people were pulled out of the rubble. The others are still buried ”.

The oar broke in two

The metro train literally broke in two in the fall of the concrete bridge, according to a description of an AFP photographer who arrived at the scene. Entire sections of the bridge littered the road above which the structure was suspended before collapsing for reasons still unknown. The wreckage of a car was visible under the concrete sides which shattered. It was not known how many people were inside.

Officials from the city’s prosecutor’s office identified the bodies extracted from the rubble. The 12 is one of the two lines of the Mexican metro which does not run on tires like the Parisian metro, but on traditional railway tracks.

State of shock

The rounds of ambulances began quickly to transport the most seriously injured, around 30, to hospitals in the area, including several people in shock who were nearby. This is the second metro accident in the Mexican capital since the start of the year. In January, a fire damaged the network’s control facilities, killing one and injuring 29 from smoke fumes.

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The Mexico City metro was inaugurated in 1969 and serves the capital through a network of twelve lines over some 200 km and 195 stations. According to official data, this metro carries around 4.5 million passengers per day.

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