A subway overpass collapsed in Mexico City Monday evening, with a passenger train’s wagons falling to the ground, killing at least 13 people, the government said.
At least 70 other people were injured, officials said, and an unknown number remained trapped between tipped wagons, tangled wires and twisted metal.
The crash occurred on Line 12 of the subway system near Olivos Station in southeast Mexico City, the Mexican Civil Protection Agency said in a post on Twitter. According to local news, the accident occurred between Olivos and Tezonco train stations.
Photos and videos of the government-published crash showed at least one orange and yellow subway car hanging from an overpass.
Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television presenter in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue workers rescuing injured passengers from a tipped subway car by helping them from ladders.
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, described the crash as a “terrible tragedy” late Monday in a Twitter post. “Of course, the causes should be investigated and the responsibilities for them defined.”
The crash occurred around 10:25 p.m. and emergency teams came to the scene, La Jornada newspaper reported. In a Twitter post just before midnight, the government announced the death toll and said 70 others were injured.
Mexico City’s metro, officially called the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, warned residents to avoid the area. Claudia Sheinbaum, Mayor of Mexico City, said she was there to assist rescue workers.
The metro system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, carries more than four million passengers a day. It is the second largest in America after that in New York City.
In March 2020, one person was killed and at least 41 others injured when two subways collided in Mexico City. Ms. Sheinbaum said at the time that one of the trains apparently accidentally ran back into the other.
A major earthquake struck Mexico in September 2017 that killed 94 people in Mexico City and more than 100 other people elsewhere, damaging some of the elevated infrastructure on the same subway line, El Universal newspaper reported.
Later that month, some local residents told El Universal that they feared the damaged infrastructure could collapse. The newspaper reported at the time that a column between the Olivos and Nopalera stations had suffered structural damage. It was also reported that engineers should perform an ultrasound scan of the rebar in 300 columns along the elevated section of Line 12.