Mexico City Metro Crash Video Captures Moment Bridge Collapses

At least 23 people have died—including a number of children—and 65 were hospitalized after a Mexico City Metro train overpass partially collapsed onto the road below it.

Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro plunged onto a stream of cars on the road below the overpass, which stood around five meters (around 16 feet) above the ground.

A video shared by a local television station showed the area covered in clouds of dust from the collapse, which took place around 10.30 p.m. local time near Olivos station in the south-side borough of Tlahuac.

Milenio TV shared a video of the "exact moment of the bridge collapse and the [subway] car's fall" on Twitter. The video has received nearly 90,000 views since it was first posted.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that "a support beam gave way," explaining it had collapsed just as the train passed over it. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Sheinbaum said: "There are unfortunately children among the dead," without revealing how many. Seven victims were reported to be in "grave condition" and undergoing surgery.

A motorist was rescued alive from a car trapped under the rubble on the road, the mayor added.

▶️ #ÚLTIMAHORA | Momento exacto del desplome del puente y caída de vagón del #MetroCdMx en Línea 12

— Milenio (@Milenio) May 4, 2021

At least two subway cars were reported to be precariously dangling from the damaged overpass.

Rescue operations were suspended early Tuesday amid fears parts of the train could slip further onto the road.

Dozens of rescuers were reported to be at the scene, with medical and fire crew attempting to access the subway cars. Members of the army were also reported to be at the site.

Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a local reporter, tweeted a video of the collapsed overpass and train on the road. "New accident in the subway #CDMX . A wagon on line 12 fell from the viaduct between the Tezonco and Olivos stations," he tweeted alongside the video, which has received at least 1.7 million views since it was first shared.

#ULTIMAHORA: Nuevo accidente en el metro de #CDMX.

Un vagón de la línea 12 cayó del viaducto entre las estaciones Tezonco y Olivos.

— Carlos Zúñiga Pérez (@Carloszup) May 4, 2021

Local journalist, Joaquín López-Dóriga, shared several images and video footage from the scene. One video showed emergency crew members climbed onto a subway car amid rescue efforts. The video has had over 17,000 views since it was first shared.

Another video showed several of the injured laying on the ground surrounded by others. López-Dóriga tweeted: "22 ambulances from the ERUM [Escuadron de Rescate y Urgencias Medicas, the city's emergency rescue team] and eight from the Red Cross arrived at the Olivos Metro station. The service was suspended throughout the Line."

Así las labores de rescate por el colapso de estructura en la Línea 12 del Metro

— Joaquín López-Dóriga (@lopezdoriga) May 4, 2021

Line 12, among the city's newest subway lines, runs on elevated structures through the outskirts of the city. It operates underground through more central areas of Mexico City, which is home to around 9 million people.

The line was built in 2012 while Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard was the city's mayor from 2006 to 2012.

Allegations around its poor design and construction came to light after Ebrard left office. The line was partly closed so tracks could be repaired back in 2013.

"What happened today in the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families," Ebrard tweeted on Monday.

"Of course, causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate myself at the entire disposal of the authorities to contribute in whatever is necessary," he tweeted.

Mexico City Metro train accident May 2021
Rescue workers at the scene the subway train accident in Mexico City on May 3. Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images