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tragedy At least 24 people killed after commuter train overpass collapses in Mexico City

Seventy-nine people were also injured in the incident.

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An aerial view of subway cars dangle at an angle from a collapsed elevated section of the metro, in Mexico City, yesterday. The elevated section collapsed on Monday killing at least 23 people, officials said. Photo: Fernando Llano/AP

An aerial view of subway cars dangle at an angle from a collapsed elevated section of the metro, in Mexico City, yesterday. The elevated section collapsed on Monday killing at least 23 people, officials said. Photo: Fernando Llano/AP

An aerial view of the damage caused by the overpass collapse. Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

An aerial view of the damage caused by the overpass collapse. Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

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An aerial view of subway cars dangle at an angle from a collapsed elevated section of the metro, in Mexico City, yesterday. The elevated section collapsed on Monday killing at least 23 people, officials said. Photo: Fernando Llano/AP

 A NUMBER of children were among at least 24 people killed when an elevated section of the metro in Mexico City collapsed.

An overpass broke in half as a train moved over it, sending two carriages plunging toward a busy boulevard on Monday night.

Seventy-nine people were also injured in the incident.

Rescuers found four bodies trapped inside a rail car that was dangling from the overpass but were unable to remove them. Cranes were brought in yesterday to lower the car down.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum explained that one of the concrete beams collapsed as the subway train passed over it. It is one of the deadliest episodes in the history of the city’s subway system.

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard called the collapse “the most terrible accident we have ever had in mass transportation”.

Mr Ebrard was Mexico City’s mayor from 2006 to 2012, when the line in question was built, and the collapse could represent a major blow for him.

“The cause of the collapse of the beam must be established through an expert investigation,” Ms Sheinbaum said.

Earlier she said someone had been pulled alive from a car that was trapped on the road below. She said 77 of the injured were hospitalised.

She also said children were among the dead.

The overpass was about five metres above the road in the borough of Tlahuac, but the train ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened casualties among motorists below.

The Mexico City Metro – which is among the world’s cheapest with tickets costing about 25 cents – has had at least two serious accidents since opening in the 1970s.

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