Mexico City metro overpass collapses, killing at least 15 and injuring 70, authorities say; rescue efforts ongoing

At least 15 people were killed and 70 injured when a metro overpass in Mexico City collapsed onto a road on Monday night, authorities said.

The accident, which happened near 10:30 p.m. local time, trapped cars under rubble and passengers in train cars hanging mid-air, video on social media and Mexico television showed. Emergency crews worked to recover those passengers. 

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 15 were dead, according to preliminary figures, and that a beam collapsed just as the train was passing over it. The train had been split in two.

According to The Associated Press, rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was “very weak” and a crane had to be brought in. There were still people trapped inside the train, but “we don’t know if they are alive,” said Sheinbaum.

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