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At least 20 dead as Mexico City rail overpass collapses onto road

| Updated: May 05, 2021 20:02:20


Rescuers work at a site where an overpass for a metro partially collapsed with train cars on it at Olivos station in Mexico City, Mexico on May 3, 2021 — Reuters photo Rescuers work at a site where an overpass for a metro partially collapsed with train cars on it at Olivos station in Mexico City, Mexico on May 3, 2021 — Reuters photo

Twenty people were killed, including children, and 49 were hospitalised when a railway overpass collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night.

Rescue efforts for potential survivors were paused shortly after the accident, authorities said, because of the risk that more of the Metro overpass and train cars could slam down onto the road.

A video on local channel Milenio TV showed the structure plummeting onto a stream of cars near Olivos station in the southeast of the city at around 10.30 pm local time, sending up clouds of dust and rubble.

Other images showed at least two train carriages precariously hanging from the damaged overpass as emergency fire and medical crews initially used ladders to access the carriages.

However, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the rescue had been suspended "because the train is very weak".

A crane transported to the site was working to stabilise the train carriages so rescuers could resume their search to see "if there are more people inside the train car," she said.

Sheinbaum said a person trapped in their car underneath the rubble had been rescued alive and was taken to hospital. Seven of the people transported to hospital were in a "grave condition" and undergoing surgery, she said.

Sheinbaum said authorities were working to identify the people who were killed. She earlier said a total of around 70 people had been injured.

Sheinbaum said seven of the people. She earlier said

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