Mexico City rail overpass collapses, killing at least 13 people

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An elevated train derailed in Mexico City after a concrete overpass it was crossing collapsed Monday night.

An overpass for a metro partially collapsed inn Mexico City, killing at least 15 people.

Video showed a vehicle trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage of the collapse structure.

Alfonso Suarez del Real, secretary of Mexico City's government, told Milenio Television that the injured were being taken to hospitals.

Authorities said cars were trapped.

"For now the rescue has been suspended because the train is very weak". Shortly after the crash, Mexico City's metro service warned the public to stay away from the area. "I don't know if they were in shock", she added. Its construction was plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities.

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Video showed at least one broken train along with dozens of rescuers searching through the rubble of the collapsed overpass.

The accident occurred when a section of the elevated tracks collapsed at the Olivos station at around 10 pm (0300 GMT), she said.

"What has happened on the metro today is a bad tragedy", tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard. "My solidarity with the victims and their families", Ebrard said on Twitter.

"Of course the causes should be investigated and those responsible should be identified", he wrote. "I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary". In recent years, it has seen two major accidents.

The latest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 217,000 people dead in the country - one of the world's highest tolls.

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