At least 23 died after Mexico City Metro overpass collapses onto road

At least 23 died after Mexico City Metro overpass collapses onto road

At least 23 people were killed and 79 injured Monday when an overpass collapsed on an elevated Mexico City Metro line, plunging a passenger train toward the avenue below and sending debris plummeting onto the busy roadway.

The incident occurred about 10:25 p.m. in the Tláhuac neighborhood in the southeast section of the capital on Metro Line 12, a branch that has long been dogged by complaints of poor construction.

“We heard a loud sound like thunder, and then everything came crashing down,” a 22-year-old survivor identified only as Mariana told Mexico’s El Universal newspaper. “There were a lot of people standing and sitting in the [train]. … We went flying and hit against the roof.”

Terrified commuters were trapped inside the twisted train for about 15 minutes until someone managed to break a window, through which the passengers in Mariana’s subway car escaped, she told the newspaper.

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