Mexican overpass collapses, killing 15 as passengers trapped in subway cars

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At least 15 people have been killed and 34 injured after an overpass carrying Mexico City metro train cars collapsed on to a road.

The disaster near Olivos Station in Las Arboledas took place on Monday evening at about 10:25pm, with dramatic social media footage showing a derailed orange train falling on top of traffic below.

Videos shared on both local TV and social media showed emergency crews and firefighters combing through the wreckage desperately looking for survivors, the Mirror reports.

The government has confirmed at least 15 people were killed and 70 injured, with some still trapped in subway cars after a rescue operation had to be paused.

"For now the rescue work was interrupted since the structure is very fragile and a crane is required to support the train and there is no greater risk," a journalist at the scene said.

Rescue personnel were filmed helping trapped passengers down from the derailed train with ladders.

Mexico City Metro has warned local residents to avoid the area while the incident is ongoing.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter: "Unfortunately there are dead and injured people. I am on site supporting the installation of the command centre."

The Metro's 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.

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"What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy," he said on Twitter.

"My solidarity with the victims and their families. 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."

The Mexico City Metro system has a total of 12 lines, officially known as the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo which is usually abbreviated to STC.

It's the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City Subway, with more than four million people using it every day.

Line 12, which is the route involved in the deadly crash, was opened in 2012.

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