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Rescuers work at a website the place an overpass for a metro partially collapsed with practice automobiles on it at Olivos station in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico Could 3, 2021. Photograph: Reuters

MEXICO CITY: At the very least 23 folks have been killed and 65 have been hospitalized when a railway overpass and practice collapsed onto a busy highway in Mexico Metropolis on Monday night time, crushing automobiles underneath fallen carriages and rubble.

The authorities halted rescue efforts shortly after they started, saying there was a threat that extra practice components and particles might slam down onto the highway.

A video on native channel Milenio TV confirmed the construction plummeting onto a stream of automobiles close to the Olivos station within the southeast of the town at round 10.30 p.m. native time, sending up clouds of mud.

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At the very least two practice carriages precariously hung from the broken overpass. Preliminary rescue efforts noticed medical and hearth crews attempting to entry the carriages. The military was additionally in attendance.

Chatting with reporters on the website, Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated it appeared a girder had given approach on the overpass however the trigger was being investigated.

She stated the rescue had been suspended because the construction was very weak. A crane was working to stabilise the practice carriages so rescuers might resume their seek for survivors.

The authorities have been working to establish the lifeless, which included kids, Sheinbaum stated. One particular person trapped of their automotive beneath the wreckage had been rescued alive and was taken to hospital. Seven of the folks transported to hospital have been in a “grave condition” and present process surgical procedure, she stated.

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The Metro 12 line that runs over the collapsed overpass was constructed nearly a decade in the past when International Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico Metropolis.

“What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity is with the victims and their families,” Ebrard stated on Twitter. “Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined.”

Ebrard and Sheinbaum are seen by many political observers because the most definitely successors to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as soon as his six-year time period is over in 2024.

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