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What we know about the train crash in Mexico City


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A subway overpass collapsed in Mexico City Monday night, killing at least 23 people, including children, on a passenger train’s wagons, the city’s mayor said. At least 70 others were injured.

Here’s what we know about what happened:

At around 10:25 p.m., a crash occurred on line 12 of the subway system in southeast Mexico City between Olivos and Tezonco stations.

Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, said a support beam on the flyover collapsed as the train passed by, The Associated Press reported. “At the moment we cannot speculate about what happened,” she said. “There has to be a thorough investigation and whoever is responsible has to be made responsible for it.”

Photos and videos of the government-published crash showed at least one orange and yellow subway car hanging from an overpass. An eight-second video that captured the collapse showed that car traffic flowed on both sides of the suspension bridge. Suddenly it cracks and kinks in a burst of concrete and sparks that falls between the lanes of vehicles.

As dawn approached, a crane held a car in the air while rescue workers checked to see if passengers were still trapped.

Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, TV presenter in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue workers rescuing injured passengers from a tipped subway car by helping them from ladders.

Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, warned the residents to avoid the area. Mrs. Sheinbaum said She was there to assist rescue workers and minors were among the dead. At least 70 people were injured and 49 were taken to hospitals with injuries, she said.

Enrique Bonilla, 57, a passenger on the train, told Televisa that people fell on each other and that he could hold on to a pole and escape through a broken window.

It was all over in seconds, added Mr. Bonilla. “Thank god I got out alive.”

The metro system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, carries more than four million passengers a day. It is the second largest in America after that in New York City.

When the system was inaugurated in 1969 it was the pride of Mexico, but in recent years it has become a symbol of urban decay.

There were concerns about the integrity of the elevated tracks and support columns on the line where the accident occurred on Monday after a major earthquake in Mexico in September 2017.

The subway line’s increased infrastructure – known as Line 12 or the Golden Line – has been damaged, El Universal newspaper reported.

Later that month, some local residents told El Universal that they feared the damaged infrastructure could collapse. The newspaper reported at the time that a column between the Olivos and Nopalera stations had suffered structural damage.

It was not immediately clear what work was being done to address the safety concern. The Golden Line, where the accident occurred on Monday, opened in 2012 and is the newest in the system. However, there were problems from the start, including the temporary suspension of the service for much of it just 17 months after the line was inaugurated.

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