At least 20 dead as train overpass collapses in Mexico City

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a section of an overpass collapsed in Mexico City.

Shocking footage shows a train carriage hanging in the air as rescue teams desperately search for survivors in the wreckage.

People were still trapped in the train that split in two earlier this morning, with 34 of around 70 injured people being treated in hospital, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

‘A support beam gave way,’ Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.

A car was also trapped under the rubble of the overpass which carried trains about five metres above the road.

Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially dangling train was ‘very weak’ and a crane had to be brought in.

‘We don’t know if they are alive,’ Sheinbaum said of the people trapped inside the subway car.

It is unclear if most of the dead were on the subway cars, or whether they were pedestrians or motorists caught below.

Hundreds of police and firefighters cordoned off the scene in the southern borough of Tlahuac, as friends and relatives of victims gathered on the road.

Oscar Lopez, 26, was searching for his friend, Adriana Salas, 26. Six months pregnant, she was riding the subway, returning from her work as a dentist when her phone stopped answering around when the accident occurred.

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‘We lost contact with her at 10.50pm, there was literally no more contact,’ Lopez said.

The collapse occurred on the newest of the Mexico City subway’s lines, Line 12, which stretches far into the city’s southside.

Like many of the city’s dozen subway lines, it runs underground through more central areas of the city of nine million, but then runs on elevated, pre-formed concrete structures on the city’s outskirts.

The Mexico City Metro, one of the largest and busiest in the world, has had at least two serious accidents since its inauguration half a century ago.

In March last year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead and 41 people injured.

In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.

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