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Stage Collapse at Mexican Election Rally Claims Four Lives Amid Strong Winds

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Four people died, and 15 were injured during an election rally in northern Mexico when strong winds caused a stage collapse. Presidential candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez assured the public that his focus is now on aiding the victims.

Tragedy Strikes Mexican Election Rally as Stage Collapses, Killing Four

In a tragic turn of events, four individuals lost their lives, and 15 others sustained injuries on Wednesday evening when a marquee collapsed during an election rally of Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez in northern Mexico. This devastating incident was confirmed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, citing a report from the governor of Nuevo León, Samuel García.

The collapse occurred in San Pedro Garza, within the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Nuevo León. Eyewitness videos circulating on local networks captured the moment when a giant screen came crashing down on Máynez and members of the Movimiento Ciudadano party, who narrowly escaped major injuries. Other visuals showcased rescuers pulling people from the wreckage of iron structures.

Máynez, fortunately unharmed, conveyed his well-being via his X account and emphasized the priority of attending to the victims. 'I am doing well and am in communication with the authorities to follow up on what happened. The most important thing right now is to take care of the victims of the accident,' Máynez stated.

Nuevo León was experiencing severe weather conditions, characterized by thunderstorms, strong winds, and heavy rains at the time of the incident. Governor Samuel García elaborated on the cause, stating, 'There was a misfortune. Strong winds caused a stage to collapse during an election campaign closing here in San Pedro.' He highlighted the adverse weather as a significant factor in the collapse.

  • The injured, including some members of Máynez's campaign team, were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. Máynez expressed his intent to return to the scene to support the victims personally.
  • The event underscores the potential hazards faced during large outdoor gatherings, especially under unpredictable weather conditions. Authorities are expected to investigate the exact circumstances that led to the collapse to prevent such tragedies in the future.
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