Mexico City metro overpass collapses, leaving at least 23 dead

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    At least 23 people were killed and 65 were hospitalized when a railway overpass and train collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night, crushing cars under fallen carriages and rubble.

    Two train carriages precariously hung from the damaged overpass after the accident, and rescue efforts were suspended with authorities worried more train parts and debris could slam down onto the road. A crane was transported to stabilize the train carriages so rescuers could resume their search.

    Authorities were working to identify the dead, which included children, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said. One person trapped in their car underneath the wreckage had been rescued alive and was taken to hospital. Seven of the people transported to hospital were in “grave condition” and undergoing surgery, she said.

    Sheinbaum stated that it was too soon to say who was responsible for what happened, but that a full investigation will be carried out into the causes of the overpass collapse.

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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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