At least 23 people have died and another 80 injured in Mexico City when an elevated metro train crashed down onto a busy road after the concrete overpass it was crossing collapsed on Monday night.
The photos of the incident posted online show two train carriages dangling precariously from the elevated track after the overpass collapsed, making it difficult to search for survivors due to safety concerns.
Rescue officials had to bring in a crane that was used to stabilize the site for emergency responders to pull bodies and survivors from the wreckage. The injured were then taken to nearby hospitals in the south of the city.
It is pertinent to mention that this was the second serious accident this year, after a fire at the central control building knocked out service on several lines for weeks. This has raised questions regarding the safety on what is considered one of the world’s busiest metro systems.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the Mexico City metro train collapse and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised that nothing will be hidden from the Mexican people.
Furthermore, the Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was city mayor when Mexico City metro was built has termed the incident as one of the most “terrible” accidents to have hit the transport system and promised full cooperation into the investigation.