Train derailment in Mexico City kills at least 20 people and injures dozens more

Train derailment in Mexico City kills at least 20 people and injures dozens more


At least 20 people were killed and nearly 70 people injured after an elevator derailed in Mexico City when a concrete flyover it was crossing collapsed Monday night.

Surveillance cameras broadcast by local media showed the cars tumbling towards the ground in the south of the city.

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At least 20 people were killed and nearly 70 people injured after an elevator derailed in Mexico City when a concrete flyover it was crossing collapsed Monday night.

Surveillance cameras broadcast by local media showed the cars tumbling towards the ground in the south of the city.

“So far we have 20 people who have unfortunately lost their lives,” said the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, to reporters on site.

The city’s civil defense department announced on Twitter that around 70 other people were injured in the dramatic accident.

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Videos published online show two wagons bumping into each other on the ground at a V-shaped shed angle.

Social media footage showed panic at the downtown accident scene when the lights went out, the ventilation system cut off and the station filled with smoke.

Dozens of rescue workers tried to rescue victims from the wagons.

But work had to be stopped later because it was feared that the wreck was too unstable.

“At the moment the rescue has been suspended because the train is very weak. A crane is coming to continue the work,” said Sheinbaum.

A car was tripped under the rubble, but it was not known if there were people inside.

The Mexico City subway has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers every day.

Monday’s accident occurred a little over a year after two metro trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one dead and around 40 injured as panicked passengers broke through thick smoke.

In another incident in January this year, one person died and 29 sustained smoke inhalation injuries in a fire in the subway control center.

(With contributions from agencies)

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