15 dead, dozens hurt in Mexico City metro accident: authorities

15 dead, dozens hurt in Mexico City metro accident: authorities

15 dead, dozens hurt in Mexico City metro accident: authorities

At least 13 people died and 70 were injured after an overpass for a metro in Mexico City collapsed Monday night while a train and various cars were driving on it.

"A support beam gave way", Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

Mexico City's civil protection agency says about 70 people were injured.

The incident unfolded about 10.30pm local time.

"We don't know if they are alive", Sheinbaum said of the people trapped inside the subway vehicle.

Videos posted online show two train cars crashing into one another on the ground, landing in a V-shaped angle.

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.

A train auto was shown partially in the air following the derailment.

"Unfortunately there are dead and injured people".

Mexico City's civil protection agency tweeted that nearly 70 people were injured in the accident on Monday night (local time) in the south of the capital and were being taken to nearby hospitals.

The collapse could represent a major blow the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico City mayor from 2006 to 2012 when the Line 12 was built.

"What happened today with the Metro is a bad tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families", Ebrard said on Twitter. "I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary".

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