27 Dead after Metro Infrastructure Fails in Mexico City

At least 27 people were killed and more than 65 others injured when part of the infrastructure of an overpass failed and train cars fell from it. The incident occurred Monday, May 3, near the Los Olivos metro station in Mexico City.

First responders worked all night to free passengers trapped by the incident. Train cars were hanging in mid-air. The overpass collapsed onto a road below. Reports say a support beam gave way, leading to the collapse.

“What happened today with the metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City’s former mayor and current foreign minister said. “Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary.” Ebrard was mayor when the metro was built.

The current mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum said, “We are in agreement to get to the bottom of this and work together to find the truth and know what caused this incident.”

The Sheinbaum and Ebrard are both touted as potential candidates for the presidency of Mexico.