Stage collapse at Mexico election campaign rally leaves 9 dead, 63 injured

Strong winds have toppled part of a stage at an election campaign rally in northern Mexico. The local state governor says at least nine people have been confirmed dead, and 63 injured.

The accident occurred on Wednesday outside Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon. The rally was part of the campaign for the country's June 2 presidential election.

Footage posted on social media shows lighting and other stage equipment collapsing toward rally participants. Those on the stage are seen dashing to escape. Some are heard screaming.

The presidential candidate for a center-left party, Jorge Alvarez Maynez, was reportedly among those on the stage, but escaped without injury. He came in third in an opinion poll taken recently.

Another candidate has posted on social media that in solidarity with those affected, she will cancel her campaign rally in Monterrey scheduled for Thursday.