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Mexico Overpass Falls with Train on It Leaving 13 People Dead and around 70 Injured

Jené Liebenberg
May 04, 2021
05:00 A.M.
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The overpass at Olivos station in Mexico City collapsed with a train and several cars on it. Vehicles beneath the structure were crushed, leaving 13 people dead and 70 injured. 

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Mexico City saw a horrific incident occur when an overpass with a train and other vehicles traveling across it buckled on Monday night. The structure collapsed, leaving the train hanging in the balance and multiple cars stuck beneath it. 

Mexico Civil Protection Authority confirmed that the overpass was part of Mexico City's metro line 12. The injured individuals were transported to local hospitals to receive urgent medical attention. 

Policeman standing next to vehicle.| Source: Pexels/ Sunyu Kim

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LIVES LOST

The accident was documented by bystanders who took pictures and videos as the enormous overpass tumbled down. The authorities are now working to inform the victims' families of their conditions. 

Mexico Civil Protection Authority took to Twitter to release an update on the situation. They shared the figures of those injured and those who lost their lives as they tweeted the following in Spanish: 

"Unfortunately there are 13 people who lost their lives, and about 70 injured who are being transferred to Brother Belisario Domínguez, ISSSTE, Magdalena de las Salinas, Gral. Balbuena and Xoco."

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 EMERGENCY AID

The Mexican government has been working to keep the public and those affected by the overpass collapse as informed as possible. LOCATEL, a local government office that provides aid during emergencies, also shared information on Twitter. 

Pushing, pulling, and crushing caused the death of 45 people and left countless individuals injured. 

They posted that their focus is to communicate with the families of those transported to the local hospitals to ensure that they are informed about the condition and location of their loved ones. 

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SUPPORT BEAM 

Mexico City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, took to social media to release a statement that revealed the cause of the overpass's collapse. Sheinbaum said that the structure came down after a support beam gave way. 

The mayor ensured her followers that first responders worked as efficiently as possible to get to the victims in time. Rescue efforts were paused at midnight due to the weakness of the train cars hanging, which posed a serious threat. 

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DEATH DURING STAMPEDE

While Mexico City deals with the aftermath of the overpass collapse, Israel is still mourning the death of 45 people, all of whom were killed in a stampede at a religious festival. 

The masses of the ultra-orthodox religious community gathered in North Isreal to celebrate the holiday of Lag BaOmer, with their celebrations turning into the crushing and trampling of its attendees. 

The stampede occurred around 1:00 a.m. as the festival-goers were leaving. As people pushed into a narrow passageway, a slippery ramp caused some to fall, and panic ensued. 

Pushing, pulling, and crushing caused the death of 45 people and left countless individuals injured. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Sunday would be a national day of mourning. 

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