AT LEAST 15 people have died after a Mexico City metro overpass partially collapsed last night.
Around 70 more have been injured in the tragedy, officials say.
Videos on Mexican television show train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blared nearby.
Meanwhile, footage shown on Milenio TV showed the overpass collapsing on to cars on a road below.
Another video showed emergency medical crews and firefighters desperately searching through wreckage for survivors.
Mexico City’s mayor said on Twitter that a support beam had given way, causing the carriages to fall.
Claudia Sheinbaum said “firefighters, public safety personnel are working. Various hospitals attending.
"We will give more information shortly.”
The city's Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency initially put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.
Tragically, the number of people known to have died has since risen.
Rescuers were briefly forced to halt their efforts at midnight because the hanging train carriage was "very weak" and a crane was brought in.
There were still people trapped inside the train, though “we don’t know if they are alive,” said Sheinbaum.
At least one carriage was trapped under the rubble.
Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television host in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue personnel rescuing injured passengers by helping them down from ladders.
Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, has warned residents to avoid the area.
The accident happened at around 10.30pm local time on the metro’s Line 12, also known as the Gold Line. It was opened in 2012.
The metro's 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
"What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families," Ebrard said on Twitter.
"Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary."
The subway system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles more than four million passengers a day.
It is the second-largest in the Americas, after the one in New York City.
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