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An elevated subway platform collapsed in Mexico City, killing at least 13 and injuring dozens

Summary List PlacementA metro platform with a train on it collapsed in Mexico City Monday night, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 70 people.  The accident occurred around 10:25 pm along the Line 12 train. Line 12 runs from Mixoac to Tláhuac, and the collapse happened between Olivos...

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A metro platform with a train on it collapsed in Mexico City Monday night, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 70 people. 

The accident occurred around 10:25 pm along the Line 12 train. Line 12 runs from Mixoac to Tláhuac, and the collapse happened between Olivos and Tezonco stations in the southern part of the city.

A CCTV camera caught the exact moment that the platform collapsed. 

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Firefighters and emergency personnel are on the scene, according to Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Sheinbaum tweeted from the location of the accident. Injured were being transferred to several local hospitals.

Line 12 has been plagued by structural problems almost since its opening in 2012. In 2014, a stretch of the route between Tláhuac and Atlalilco had to be shut down for several months to address structural problems.

 

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Metro Collective Transport System head Joel Ortega said at the time that problems “were already present since the opening of the line, but they worsened over time and reached a greater degree of complication when they began operating all the trains.”

A Twitter user responded to the mayor’s tweet by noting that authorities had been alerted about buckling and weakening of the overpass in 2018. 

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