At least 24 people, including children are dead and dozens injured after a Mexico City Metro overpass collapsed while a train was driving over it on Monday night.
The collapse, which is the deadliest accident in the Mexico metro system in dopecades, occurred on Line 12 near the Los Olivos metro station at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday May 3.
A pair of train cars fell down onto the bustling road, crashing onto the cars below. At least 79 people have been hospitalized from the accident, seven in a serious condition, according to official figures published on Tuesday morning.
“We only heard a thunderous noise and everything started coming apart,” a survivor named Mariana told El Universal. “We were sent flying and hit the ceiling.”
Photos and videos showed a split train hanging from the collapsed overpass.
Rescue teams worked through the night, searching for trapped passengers and survivors.
Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said an external company would investigate the cause and “get to the truth” as to what happened.
The line, which was opened in 2012, will remain closed during the investigation, the BBC reported.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered his condolences to the victims in a press conference, adding that the investigation should be done quickly and “nothing would be hidden” from the people.
Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, Mexico City’s metro, is the second largest metro system in North America, transporting more than five millions passenger per day.
Local residents had expressed concerns about the structural integrity of the overpass, the New York Times reported, following a powerful earthquake in September 2017 that left cracks in the concrete.