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4 May, 4 tweets, 2 min read
Mexico pledged to find out who was responsible for the overpass collapse that killed at least 23 people and injured dozens more when a train on Mexico City’s newest metro line plunged onto a busy road below 1/4
Two train carriages hung from the damaged overpass after the accident late on Monday, and rescue efforts were briefly suspended with authorities worried that more train parts and debris could slam down onto the road 2/4
Firefighters using heavy chains to stabilize the site pulled bodies and survivors from the wreckage. Some 79 people were injured, including three children. Survivors were taken to nearby hospitals in the south of the capital, city authorities said 3/4
The overpass that collapsed was part of Linea 12, an addition to the network finished less than a decade ago and long plagued by allegations of corruption 4/4

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