At least 23 people were killed in Mexico City after a high-rise train line collapsed Monday night, local officials said.
A subway traveling on Line 12 fell to the ground after a bridge collapsed at around 10:22 PM local time.
City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at a press conference that at least 70 people had been hospitalized, seven of whom had undergone surgery. According to the Mexican news service Telediario.
“Unfortunately, there are children among the dead,” said Shinbaum. According to the Associated Press.
Screenshots From the incident, which was circulated on social media, it showed the moment of the bridge collapsing, causing two vehicles to land on vehicle traffic on both sides.
The mayor said a survivor who had been trapped in a car under the rubble had been rescued.
Officials have so far identified two of the dead.
Sheinbaum advised members of the public who believed their loved ones may have been involved in communication as efforts to identify victims continued.
The mayor said, “We send our support to all families who have lost someone and everyone who has someone in the hospital, and we will help them and give them all the support they want.”
The Mexico City subway system is one of the largest in the world, according to the Associated Press, and the second busiest subway system in North America.
Line 12, also known as the Gold Line, is the most recent route launched and runs through the city from the southwest to the southeast.
Part of the line was forced to close temporarily in 2014 due to mentioned Infrastructure issues that have posed a threat to passenger safety.
A further partial lockdown was necessary in 2017 in the wake of A. 7.1 degrees Earthquake with visible structural damage.
Speaking after Monday’s crash, the mayor assured the public that there will be a thorough government investigation focused on what happened, which will include the help of international experts.