Dramatic photos of the Mexico City Metro overpass collapse and rescue efforts

Times Photography Staff
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MAY 03: An aerial view of the scene after an elevated section of metro track in Mexico City, carrying train cars with passengers, collapsed onto a busy road on May 03, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Line 12 accident happened as the metro train was traveling between Olivos and Tezonco Metro stations, reportedly killing at least 20 people and injuring further 70. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
An aerial view of the scene after an elevated section of Metro track in Mexico City, carrying train cars with passengers, collapsed onto a busy road. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

An elevated section of the Mexico City Metro collapsed and sent the train plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring at least 79, city officials said.

Rescue workers were still removing bodies from the scene hours after the collapse, but those efforts were suspended early Tuesday because of safety concerns for those working near the precariously dangling car.

The injured are carried by stretcher away from the scene of a raised subway track that collapsed.
The injured are carried by stretcher after a raised subway track collapsed in Mexico City. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Emergency personnel search for accident survivors in a tilted subway car at night.
Emergency personnel search for accident survivors after a raised subway track collapsed in Mexico City. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Rescue workers remove a body from a train carriage near a fallen Metro car.
Rescue workers remove a body from a train carriage after an elevated Metro line collapsed in Mexico City. (Pedro Pardo / AFP / Getty Images)
An injured person on a stretcher bathed in red light at night.
Emergency workers carry an injured person on a stretcher away from the Mexico City Metro overpass collapse scene. (AFP via Getty Images)
An aerial view of subway cars dangling at an angle from a collapsed elevated section of the Metro line.
An aerial view of subway cars dangle at an angle from a collapsed elevated section of the Metro line in Mexico City on Tuesday. (Fernando Llano/Associated Press)
An aerial view of subway cars from a collapsed elevated section of the Metro line in Mexico City on Tuesday.
An aerial view of subway cars from a collapsed elevated section of the Metro line in Mexico City on Tuesday. (Fernando Llano/Associated Press)

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