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Rescuers save victims of Mexico City metro crash on May 3, 2021 | Photo: Reproduction / Twitter / Mexico Secretariat for Integral Risk Management
A metro train in Mexico City crashed above a busy avenue on Monday evening (3), after the viaduct it was crossing collapsed. According to the local government, at least 23 people died, including children, and 65 were injured, seven of them in serious condition. The cause of the accident is not yet known. A structural inspection will be carried out on the rest of the collapsed metro line, in order to rule out risks.
The moment of the fall of the tall structure was captured by security cameras. According to Mexican newspapers, a beam of the structure collapsed, causing the viaduct and the last carriages of the train to collapse. At least one car was stuck under the rubble.
Security forces at all levels are collaborating on the operation, including the military, while the city sets up a command center to provide information to family members and isolates the place in an attempt to disperse the agglomeration.
The metro line that collapsed is called the L12 or the Golden Line. It was built in 2012, when Marcelo Ebrard, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, was mayor of the capital. The section has recurring defects and has seen its construction marked by accusations of irregularities.