According to local officials, at least 23 people were killed in Mexico City after a high-rise train line collapsed on Monday night.
A subway train traveling on line 12 fell to the ground after an overpass that died around 10:22 p.m. local time.
At least 70 people were taken to hospital, seven of whom underwent surgery, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told a news conference. reports the Mexican news service Telediario.
“Unfortunately, there are children among the dead,” Sheinbaum said. reports the Associated Press.
Staff about the incident, which was shared on social networks, showed the moment when the overpass collapsed and two cars headed down to the traffic on both sides.
The victim, who found himself in a vehicle under the rubbish, was rescued, the mayor said.
So far, officials have identified the two killed.
Sheinbaum advised members of the public who believe their loved ones could be involved to contact as attempts to identify the victims continue.
“We send our support to all the families who have lost someone, and to everyone who has someone in the hospital, and we will help them and provide them with all the necessary support,” the mayor said.
Mexico City’s metro system is one of the largest in the world, the AP reports, and the second busiest metro system in North America.
Line 12, also known as the “Golden Line”, is the most recently launched route and runs through the city from southwest to southeast.
A section of the line was forced to suspend operations in 2014 due to reported infrastructure problems that pose a threat to passenger safety.
Further partial closures were needed in 2017 afterwards 7.1 magnitude an earthquake that left visible structural damage.
Speaking after the crash on Monday, the mayor assured the public that a thorough government investigation would be conducted, focusing on what had happened and which would include the assistance of international experts.