Mexico City Subway Collapse Kills at Least 23, Injures Dozens More

MEXICO CITY—At minimum 23 folks died and dozens far more have been injured when an…

MEXICO CITY—At minimum 23 folks died and dozens far more have been injured when an elevated section on the Mexico City subway collapsed in the southeast of the country’s funds, leading to many coach cars and trucks to plunge into the avenue underneath.

Mexico City Mayor

Claudia Sheinbaum

reported Tuesday that seventy nine folks have been taken to space hospitals exactly where two afterwards died. At minimum 50 percent a dozen victims have been in severe affliction and undergoing medical procedures, she reported.

The collapse occurred late Monday on Mexico City Metro’s Line 12, which opened in late 2012 and is the newest line in the method, which is the 2nd busiest in the hemisphere soon after New York, transporting some four.5 million folks a day. Component of the line is underground, and another section runs alongside an elevated rail.

Ms. Sheinbaum reported the collapse occurred when a help beam gave way, leaving the coach break up in two and hanging precariously. She reported authorities are investigating the trigger of the collapse.

Crisis personnel relocating an injured particular person at the web page of the accident.


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“Our primary endeavor is to assist the folks who are in hospitals and the relations of the victims who regrettably died in this incident,” she reported.

Mexico City rescue personnel retrieved passengers from the rubble and the dangling coach cars and trucks. A crane was introduced in to prop up 1 vehicle at about two:thirty a.m. community time Tuesday as rescue personnel cleared the space around the dangling cars and trucks, Ms. Sheinbaum added.

Many folks are nonetheless lacking, with relations publishing desperate messages on social media. Marisol Tapia, a 28-year-outdated resident of the operating-class suburb of Zapotitlán, arrived at the crash web page in search of her thirteen-year-outdated son Brandon Hernández early on Tuesday.

“I talked to him just five minutes prior to the accident, he was coming on the subway from downtown,” she tearfully informed Mexican media retailers in a video clip job interview. “I just cannot find him any place, I’ve by now requested the medics in all the ambulances.”

A person survivor of the crash, a female determined only as Mariana, informed El Common newspaper that she heard a loud bang, and then was thrown on top of all the other passengers, many of whom have been standing in a crowded railcar. “I landed on top of a bunch of folks, and managed to get out. But many have been crying for enable,” she reported.

Line 12 of the subway runs across densely populated areas of the southeast of the funds, connecting with many other lines.

Recognised as the Golden Line, it was the city’s most modern. But the line experienced important price tag overruns and was plagued by technological and structural challenges within just months of its inauguration. In 2014, the town govt shut the elevated extend for a year and a 50 percent to recondition elements of the rails that experienced experienced abnormal put on and tear.

An aerial look at of the scene.


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The line required further more function soon after a devastating 2017 earthquake strike Mexico City. Citizens around the web page that collapsed posted video clips of structural injury to 1 of the primary help pylons. Months afterwards, in 2018, Mexico’s subway company reported it experienced finished reinforcing the composition. Company officials couldn’t be attained for comment.

Mexico City is hard terrain for heavy infrastructure. Given that it is developed on an ancient dried lake mattress, the town sinks each individual year, erratically, and in elements up to as significantly as a foot a year. It also stands atop an earthquake zone.

The subway method has experienced many significant incidents due to the fact it 1st went into procedure in 1969. In 1975, two trains crashed at an aboveground station in the south of the funds, killing 31 folks and injuring dozens far more. In March of final year, a collision amongst two trains killed 1 particular person and injured far more than 40 some others at an underground station in the west of the town.

Ms. Sheinbaum reported two investigations, 1 by the attorney general’s workplace, and the other by a nonetheless-to-be-employed specialized global company, would be carried out to identify the results in of the accident and whether any public officials should really be held accountable.

“This is the most terrible accident we have experienced in mass transportation,” reported Foreign Minister

Marcelo Ebrard,

under whose phrase as Mexico City mayor the line that collapsed was developed. “This is a really sad day for Mexico City, for all of us.”

Mr. Ebrard reported he would assist authorities in any investigation. Mexican President

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

also promised a total investigation of the rail disaster.

Presented the subway line’s controversial previous, the accident is very likely to deliver political fallout for equally Mr. Ebrard and Ms. Sheinbaum, two senior officials widely witnessed as contenders to realize success Mr. López Obrador as the presidential candidate of his ruling Morena party for 2024 elections.

“If the tragedy is thanks to defective design, then it will impact Ebrard, even though if it is a result of poor maintenance, it will affect Sheinbaum,” reported

Antonio Ocaranza,

a previous presidential spokesman and political expert.

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