Mexico City rail overpass collapses, killing at least 13 people

Rescue teams work to reach victims at the site of the deadly accident

Mexico City boasts the second-largest metro system in North America, after New York City's subway. 'We don't know if they're alive, ' she said.

Sheinbaum said that a broken beam caused the accident on Line 12 and that people were trapped in one of the cars.

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

"A support beam gave way", said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who had rushed to the scene of the accident, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. local time.

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

Hundreds of police and firefighters cordoned off the scene in the southern borough of Tlahuac, as desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the trains gathered outside the security perimeter.

The accident occurred on line 12 of the metro railway in Mexico.

"What has happened on the metro today is a bad tragedy", tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard. Questions about the quality of the construction emerged soon after he left office as mayor.

"What happened today with the Metro is a awful tragedy".

An overpass for a metro partially collapsed inn Mexico City, killing at least 15 people. "I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary".

"Unfortunately there are dead and injured people".



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