Deadly Stage Collapse At Mexican Presidential Campaign Rally Leaves Nine Dead Over 60 Injured

A campaign event for Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez ended in tragedy on Wednesday night when strong winds toppled the stage resulting in nine fatalities and over 60 injuries. The incident occurred in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon as Máynez was addressing supporters.

According to Gov. Samuel García (MC-NL) the victims included a child. Máynez who is trailing third in the presidential race narrowly escaped the collapsing structure by running to the rear of the stage after noticing a large screen and metal frame falling towards him.

Footage from the rally showed attendees screaming and running for safety as metal poles came crashing down. Some individuals were seen climbing out from beneath the wreckage.

Máynez later announced from the hospital that he was unharmed but has put his upcoming campaign events on hold stating “The only important thing at this point is to care for the victims of the accident.”

Gov. García urged local residents to remain indoors for two hours due to the severe weather. The leading presidential candidates Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez offered their condolences with Sheinbaum postponing a planned campaign stop in nearby Monterrey “in solidarity” with the victims and their loved ones.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed his sympathies saying he “sends a hug to family members, friends of the victims and political supporters.” The stage collapse marks another tragic event in an already violent campaign season that has seen around two dozen local candidates murdered.