Mexico City Mayor Calls for Investigation Into Deadly Metro Overpass Collapse

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    An elevated section of the Mexico City subway collapsed, sending a subway care plunging onto a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people, city officials said.

    Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said emergency workers were still searching for survivors, and promised a full investigation.

    Video showed a car trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage.

    The overpass was about five meters above the road in southern Mexico City.

    Hundreds of police and firefighters cordoned off the scene in the southside borough of Tlahuac, as desperate friends and relatives of people believed to be on the trains gathered outside the security perimeter.

    The collapse occurred on the newest of the subway’s lines, Line 12, which stretches far into the city’s southside.

    Like many of the city’s dozen subway lines, it runs underground through more central areas of the city of nine million, but then runs on elevated, preformed concrete structures on the city’s outskirts.

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    Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking nation. Mexico City is its capital city and largest metropolis.

    Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.

    Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.

    Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.

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