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A Mexico City metro train overpass collapsed Monday night, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.

“A support beam gave way,” said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who rushed to the scene of the accident. She said a beam collapsed just as the train passed over it. The accident occurred on the metro’s Line 12 around 10:30 p.m.

Civil protection officials tweeted that 15 people died and 34 people were taken to hospitals.

Photos from the scene showed train cars hanging from the collapsed overpass and rescue personnel searching and transporting people away from the scene on stretchers.

“What has happened on the metro today is a terrible tragedy,” tweeted Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard.

A section of the overpass appeared to completely collapse, and another part was partially collapsed at an angle, photos and video showed. Video from Telemundo showed rescuers using ladders to reach train cars that hung from the overpass at a downward angle.

The mayor tweeted that a command center was being established.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The Associated Press contributed.


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