at least 9 dead and 50 injured after marquee collapses during political meeting

The marquee which hosted one of the Mexican presidential candidates, Jorge Álvarez Maynez, at a meeting in the north of Mexico, collapsed, killing at least 9 people and injuring 50, authorities announced.

Terrible drama in Mexico this Wednesday, May 22. A gust of wind caused the collapse of a marquee during a meeting of presidential candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez, the politician said on social networks. According to a new report transmitted shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, at least nine people died and 50 others were injured.

“I regret to inform you that the number of people killed in the accident amounts to eight adults and one minor,” declared the governor of the state of Nuevo León (north-east), Samuel García, on the social network

The tragedy occurred in the town of San Pedro Garza, which is part of the metropolitan area of ​​the industrial center of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo León. The marquee that housed the presidential candidate’s podium collapsed as the region suffered thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rains, the governor said.

“I am fine and am in communication with the authorities to follow the evolution of what happened. The most important thing at the moment is to take care of the victims of the accident,” wrote Jorge Álvarez Máynez on x.

A giant screen collapsed

Álvarez Maynez added that his team members who were injured are being treated in hospital. “I am returning to the scene to support the victims,” he said.

Videos broadcast on local networks show the moment a giant screen collapsed on Álvarez Maynez and other members of the center-left Movimiento Ciudadano party, who managed to take cover.

Other images published on X show people being pulled out of a pile of iron structures. For his part, the governor of Nuevo León, Samuel García, clarified that the region was experiencing thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rains.

“There was a misfortune. Strong winds caused a stage to collapse during an election campaign closing here in San Pedro,” he explained in a video posted on his social networks.

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