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Mexico City metro overpass collapses – in pictures

The Guardian - Tue May 4 08:52

  • Rescue workers at the site of the train accident after an overpass on the elevated track of Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro between Olivos and Tezonco stations collapsed

    Photograph: Hector Vivas/Getty Images

    Rescue workers at the site of the train accident after an overpass on the elevated track of Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro between Olivos and Tezonco stations collapsed
  • At least 20 people died and about 70 were injured

    Photograph: Carlos Ramirez/EPA

    At least 20 people died and about 70 were injured
  • A damaged metro car. A crane was used to hold up one subway car left dangling on the collapsed section so that emergency workers could enter to check if anyone was still trapped

    Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

    A damaged metro car. A crane was used to hold up one subway car left dangling on the collapsed section so that emergency workers could enter to check if anyone was still trapped
  • Paramedics wheel an injured person on a stretcher

    Photograph: Carlos Ramirez/EPA

    Paramedics wheel an injured person on a stretcher
  • Rescuers work at the site

    Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

    Rescuers work at the site
  • Mexican television and social media showed train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blared nearby

    Photograph: Carlos Ramirez/EPA

    Mexican television and social media showed train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blared nearby
  • Emergency medical crews and firefighters search wreckage looking for survivors

    Photograph: Hector Vivas/Getty Images

    Emergency medical crews and firefighters search wreckage looking for survivors
  • Mexico City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Twitter that a support beam had given way, causing the overpass to collapse

    Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

    Mexico City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Twitter that a support beam had given way, causing the overpass to collapse
  • It was not clear whether a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 could have affected the subway line

    Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

    It was not clear whether a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 could have affected the subway line
  • Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was unstable and a crane had to be brought in

    Photograph: Hector Vivas/Getty Images

    Rescue efforts were briefly interrupted at midnight because the partially hanging train was unstable and a crane had to be brought in
  • Members of the Mexican Red Cross work at the scene

    Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

    Members of the Mexican Red Cross work at the scene
  • The accident happened around 10.30pm local time on the metro’s Line 12, also known as the Gold Line. It was opened in 2012

    Photograph: Marco Ugarte/AP

    The accident happened around 10.30pm local time on the metro’s Line 12, also known as the Gold Line. It was opened in 2012
  • The Mexico City metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, is the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City subway. In 2019, it served 1.6 billion passengers

    Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

    The Mexico City metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, is the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City subway. In 2019, it served 1.6 billion passengers
  • The overpass was about 5 metres (16ft) above the road in the southside borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties among motorists on the road below

    Photograph: Sáshenka Gutierrez/EPA

    The overpass was about 5 metres (16ft) above the road in the southside borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties among motorists on the road below
  • Hundreds of police officers and firefighters cordoned off the scene as desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the trains gathered outside the security perimeter

    Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

    Hundreds of police officers and firefighters cordoned off the scene as desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the trains gathered outside the security perimeter
  • 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 9 million, but then runs on elevated, pre-formed concrete structures on the city’s outskirts

    Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

    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 9 million, but then runs on elevated, pre-formed concrete structures on the city’s outskirts
  • Allegations about poor design and construction on the subway line have emerged in the past, and the line had to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks could be repaired

    Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

    Allegations about poor design and construction on the subway line have emerged in the past, and the line had to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks could be repaired
  • 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 injured 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people

    Photograph: Hector Vivas/Getty Images

    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 injured 41 people. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people