Mexico train crash – Children among 23 killed in train disaster after tracks collapsed onto road

Mexico train crash – Children among 23 killed in train disaster after tracks collapsed onto road

  • Updated: 4 May 2021, 18:08

CHILDREN are among the 23 people killed in a train disaster after tracks collapsed onto the road in Mexico.

The overpass in Mexico City fell overnight – splitting a train in two and leaving it hanging dangerously over a road.

14Children are among the 23 people killed in a train disaster in MexicoCredit: AP
14The overpass in Mexico City fell overnight – splitting a train in two and leaving it hanging dangerously over a roadCredit: Reuters
14Nearly 50 people were taken to hospitalCredit: AP
14This is the moment the train tracks collapsedCredit: Sky News

Forty-nine people were rushed to hospital, and emergency crews have desperately scoured through the rubble looking for survivors.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed kids had been killed in the disaster, as well as providing an updated death toll.

Videos on Mexican television show train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blare.

The accident happened at around 10.30pm local time at Olivos Station in Las Arboledas on the metro’s Line 12, also known as the Gold Line. It was opened in 2012.

Residents had warned of faults in the structure following an earthquake in 2017, it emerged today.

Footage shown on Milenio TV showed the overpass collapsing onto cars on a road below.

The mayor said a support beam had given way, causing the carriages to fall.

Ms Sheinbaum said people are still trapped, hours on.

"We don't know if they are alive," she said.

Earlier, the politician said one casualty had been pulled alive from a car trapped on the road below.

Seven people are in serious condition and undergoing surgery after the accident, she said.

The city's Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency initially put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.

Tragically, the number of people known to have died has since risen.

14A train derailed in Mexico City after the overpass it was travelling on collapsed onto a busy road belowCredit: Getty
14At least 23 people have died in the tragedyCredit: Reuters
14It's reported that a support beam gave way, causing the carriages to plunge onto a road belowCredit: Getty

PRECAUCIÓN: Ambulancias y bomberos en camino por accidente en la estación del metro Olivos, línea 12. 🚑⚠️🚒🚨 pic.twitter.com/UFkcB1llju

— SUUMA Voluntarios 🚑 (@SUUMA_CDMX) May 4, 2021

14Hero rescuers are trying to free people trapped in the carriageCredit: Reuters
14Fire crews are using ladders to climb into the tilted carriagesCredit: Reuters
14But at midnight, they were forced to briefly halt their efforts as the scene became too dangerousCredit: Reuters
14Horrifying images show the extent of the damageCredit: AFP
14Mexcio City's mayor confirmed children are among the dead

Rescuers were briefly forced to halt their efforts at midnight because the hanging train carriage was "very weak" and a crane was brought in.

At least one carriage was trapped under the rubble after the overpass, which was around 16 feet above the road, collapsed.

Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television host in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue personnel rescuing injured passengers by helping them down from ladders.

Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, has warned residents to avoid the area.

Devastated families are waiting at the scene for news of their loved ones.

One man, 46, said his half-brother and sister-in-law had been driving when the overpass collapsed onto their car.

Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, said she was looking for her husband, who always took the train and wasn't answering his phone.

The metro's 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.

"What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families," Ebrard said on Twitter.

"Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary."

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The subway system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles more than four million passengers a day – and a total of 1.655billion in 2019.

It is the second-largest in the Americas, after New York.

Last March, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead and 41 injured. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.

14People injured in the horror were pulled from the carriages and rushed to hospital on stretchersCredit: Getty
14It's feared the death toll may yet rise as rescue crews continue to work at the sceneCredit: Reuters

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