15 dead, dozens hurt in Mexico City metro accident: authorities

Rescue teams work to reach victims at the site of the deadly accident

The city's Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency initially put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.

There were still people trapped inside the train, though "we don't know if they are alive", said Sheinbaum.

Mexico City boasts the second-largest metro system in North America, after New York City's subway.

How did the accident happen?

Because the partially dangling train was "very weak", rescue efforts were briefly paused at midnight and a crane had to be brought in.

One video shared on Twitter showed a bridge collapsing onto a busy road full of cars.

A rail overpass has collapsed in Mexico's capital, sending several train carriages crashing onto the street below. The tweet said that there were still people trapped inside the carriages.

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The accident occurred when a section of the elevated tracks collapsed at the Olivos station at around 10 pm (0300 GMT), she said.

The accident happened on the metro's Line 12, the construction of which has been plagued by complaints and accusations of irregularities.

The collapse could represent a major blow the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

Ebrard responded to the accident on Twitter, writing: 'What happened today with the Metro is a bad tragedy.

'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", he added.

The Mexico City subway has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers each day.

In March of past year, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead, injuring 41 people.

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