A train suddenly plummeted into a highway after a bridge collapsed in Mexico City Monday night, killing at least 15 people.
AT least fifteen people were killed and 70 injured after a railway overpass carrying a train collapsed into a highway in Mexico City Monday night (Tuesday morning Philippine Standard Time).
A video on local TV showed the structure plummeting onto a stream of cars near Olivos station in the southeast of the city at around 10.30 p.m. local time.
Other images showed at least two train carriages precariously hanging from the damaged overpass as emergency fire and medical crews initially used ladders to access the carriages.
However, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the rescue had been suspended "because the train is very weak", adding it appeared the accident was caused by a girder giving way.
"So far we have 15 people who unfortunately lost their lives," Sheinbaum told reporters at the accident site, adding that authorities believe more are trapped.
Among the injured, 34 people were transported to hospital, she said.
The Metro 12 line that runs over the collapsed overpass was built almost a decade ago when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
"What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity is with the victims and their families," Ebrard said on Twitter. "Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined."
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