At least 24 people, including children, were killed on Monday night when a Mexico City subway overpass collapsed and sent a subway car full of people plunging onto a busy roadway beneath it, authorities said. More than 60 people were injured.
On Tuesday, the Mexican government said it will punish those responsible, Reuters reported.
“The crash has raised wider questions about safety on one of the world’s busiest metro systems, which carries millions of people daily across the capital’s urban sprawl,” the outlet also noted.
Broken train cars could be seen in photos and video dangling from the wrecked overpass on Monday night.
Rescue officials have been combing the area to find those killed and injured.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said at the scene of the crash that “a support beam gave way.”
The overpass was about 16 feet above the road in the southside borough of Tlahuac, CBS News reported.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. ET) on Monday evening.
As NBC News noted, “Mexico’s civil protection agency later published an updated list of victims on Tuesday morning, showing that at least 79 people had been taken to area hospitals, including two 15-year-old females and a 17-year-old male.”
Reuters also reported this: “The overpass that collapsed was part of Linea 12, an addition to the network finished less than a decade ago and long plagued by allegations of corruption and structural weakness.”
“In 2014, just two years after it opened, several of the line’s stations were closed for structural repairs.”
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—By CNJ Staff