At least 20 dead after Mexico City metro viaduct collapse

At least 20 dead after Mexico City metro viaduct collapse

A Mexico City metro overpass collapsed on a road Monday evening, killing at least 20 people, including children, authorities said. Dozens more were injured.

“A support beam gave way,” said Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who rushed to the scene of the crash. She said a beam collapsed just as the train was passing over it. The accident happened on metro line 12 around 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. ET).

Civil protection officials tweeted on Tuesday morning that 20 people had died and 49 had been taken to hospitals for treatment. Previously, authorities had reported 15 dead and more than 30 hospitalized.

Sheinbaum told a press conference at the scene that among the victims was a person in his car under the collapsed metro viaduct and he is alive in a hospital.

A crane is used to hold the train back so that rescuers can continue to work, she said. Among the dead, some are minors, she said without specifying the number.

Photos and videos from the scene showed wagons hanging from the collapsed viaduct and rescuers searching for and transporting people away from the scene on stretchers.

Metro line 12 was built during the time when the Secretary of External Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, was the mayor of Mexico City.

“What happened today in the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families”, Ebrard tweeted.

“Of course, we must investigate the cause and determine the responsibility. I reiterate to all authorities my total willingness to contribute whatever is necessary,” he wrote.

One section of the viaduct appeared to collapse completely, and another part was partially collapsed at an angle, photos and videos were shown. Video from Telemundo showed rescuers using ladders to reach wagons hanging from the viaduct at a downward angle.

Sheinbaum tweeted that a command center was being established.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The Associated Press contributed.