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Terrifying moment railway overpass collapsed on to a busy highway in Mexico City killing at least 23 people, including children, and wounding dozens

Rescue workers make their way on to the train to help the wounded, with at least seven people taken to hospital in critical condition where they are now undergoing surgery

  • At least 20 people died, including children, after a railway overpass fell on to a highway in Mexico City 
  • Video reveals train was crossing the overpass around 10.30pm when a support column suddenly gave way, sending one of the train cars tumbling into the street with a second left hanging precariously
  • At least 70 have been injured with more trapped inside the train, but rescuers cannot reach them until a crane is brought in to stabilize the wreck, amid fears it could collapse further 
  • At least one person pulled alive from a car under the bridge before rescue efforts were temporarily haltedA Line 12 train was crossing the overpass when a support column suddenly buckled, sending one car crashing on to the street below and leaving another dangling precariously over the roadway

This is the moment a railway overpass in Mexico City collapsed onto a busy highway, leaving at least 23 people including children dead and wounding dozens more. 

A Line 12 train was crossing the overpass, between Olivos and Tezonco stations, around 10.30pm when a support column suddenly gave way, causing one car to plunge into the street with a second left dangling precariously

Video reveals the overpass runs down the middle of a four-lane highway, with two lanes going in either direction, that was full of traffic at the time. 

Rescuers rushed to the scene on Monday night and and quickly began searching the train for survivors, with seven people taken to hospital in 'grave' condition and requiring surgery.

But rescue efforts were soon halted amid fears the train is unstable and could collapse further, with people still trapped inside - though mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said it is unclear if those people are alive or dead.

Meanwhile at least one person got trapped in their car underneath the bridge as chunks of concrete collapsed on to the road, but they were pulled out alive and taken to hospital.  

'There are unfortunately children among the dead,' Ms Sheinbaum said, without specifying how many. 

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23 people killed as metro overpass in Mexico City collapses
At least 20 people have been killed, including children, and 70 more injured after a train overpass collapsed on to a busy highway in Mexico City around 10.30pm Monday

At least 20 people have been killed, including children, and 70 more injured after a train overpass collapsed on to a busy highway in Mexico City around 10.30pm Monday

A Line 12 train was crossing the overpass when a support column suddenly buckled, sending one car crashing on to the street below and leaving another dangling precariously over the roadway

A Line 12 train was crossing the overpass when a support column suddenly buckled, sending one car crashing on to the street below and leaving another dangling precariously over the roadway

Rescue workers rushed to the scene and began pulling people from the wreckage, but were temporarily called off amid warnings the train is unstable - with people still trapped inside

Rescue workers rushed to the scene and began pulling people from the wreckage, but were temporarily called off amid warnings the train is unstable - with people still trapped inside

Rescue workers make their way on to the train to help the wounded, with at least seven people taken to hospital in critical condition where they are now undergoing surgery

Rescue workers make their way on to the train to help the wounded, with at least seven people taken to hospital in critical condition where they are now undergoing surgery

Rescuers erect ladders to make their way inside the train carriages, before being temporarily called off amid warnings it is unstable and their movements could cause another collapse

Rescuers erect ladders to make their way inside the train carriages, before being temporarily called off amid warnings it is unstable and their movements could cause another collapse

Rescue workers are seen inside the train immediately after the accident, before they were called off due to safety fears

Rescue workers are seen inside the train immediately after the accident, before they were called off due to safety fears

Firemen pull a body from rubble underneath the bridge, as Mexico City's mayor warned children are among the dead

Firemen pull a body from rubble underneath the bridge, as Mexico City's mayor warned children are among the dead

Rescue workers pull a body from one of the train carriages before work temporarily halted. Mexico City's mayor has warned that more people are still inside the train, but it is unclear if they are alive or dead

Rescue workers pull a body from one of the train carriages before work temporarily halted. Mexico City's mayor has warned that more people are still inside the train, but it is unclear if they are alive or dead

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Comment by Bombahdrop on May 4, 2021 at 1:00pm

It shows how old these people that suppose to inspect these infastructures failed to inspect . That is one of  my worst nightmare to be on a train on a bridge over buildings and s*** and the s*** just collapse. smdh Heads should roll for this they should have maintenced that infastructure more frequent cause if they did that they would have seen that s*** was weak.

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