At least four killed in structure collapse at Mexican presidential candidate’s campaign event

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23rd May 2024 – (Mexico City) At least four individuals lost their lives when a structure collapsed during a campaign event for Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Máynez, as reported by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The accident occurred in the city of San Pedro Garza García in northern Mexico and was attributed to a gust of wind. Confirming the casualties, Obrador referred to statements made by the local governor and stated that 15 others were injured in the incident.

Máynez himself briefly sought medical attention after part of the stage from which he was addressing his supporters collapsed. In a statement, he assured the public that he was safe and in communication with state authorities to stay updated on the situation. Máynez emphasized the importance of focusing on the victims and providing them with the necessary care.

Video footage shared on social media captured the moment of the accident, showing Máynez waving his arms while the crowd chanted his name. Suddenly, he noticed a large screen and metal structure collapsing towards him. Reacting swiftly, the presidential candidate ran to safety as a section of the stage toppled over during the rally.

Expressing concern for those affected, Miguel Treviño, the mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia, took to social media, stating that there were reports of people trapped and injured. He extended his prayers to the victims of the incident.

Jorge Alvarez Máynez, a 38-year-old former state legislator from the centrist Citizen Movement party, currently ranks third in the mayoral race, with less than two weeks remaining until the election day on June 2nd. The frontrunners in the campaign are former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and Xochitl Galvez. Sheinbaum, in a tweet, expressed her hope that all the candidates and attendees at the campaign event were safe and well.