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20 killed, 70 injured after metro overpass collapses in Mexico City

Emergency workers are looking for survivors among the wreckage

train-accident Rescuers work at a site where an overpass for a metro partially collapsed with train cars on it at Olivos station in Mexico City | Reuters

Twenty people were killed and 70 others injured after metro train cars fell as the overpass line collapsed in Mexico City, Mexico on Monday. A video on a local channel Milenio TV shows the 12 line collapsing on cars on a road below. Emergency workers and medical workers reached the site and have been looking for survivors through the wreckage.  

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 20 people were killed and that a car was trapped under the rubble.

Sheinbaum tweeted, “unfortunately there are dead and injured people. I am on site supporting the installation of the command centre”.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted, "What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families.” 

"Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary,” he wrote. The Metro 12 line that collapsed was built when Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City. The line 12 was subject to several complaints and irregularity accusations. 

Sheinbaum said a broken beam caused the accident.

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