An elevated part of the Mexico Metropolis metro collapsed and despatched a subway automotive plunging towards a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at the least 23 folks and injuring about 70, metropolis officers stated. Rescuers searched a automotive left dangling from the overpass for hours for anybody who may be trapped.
These efforts had been suspended early Tuesday, nonetheless, due to security issues for these working close to the precariously dangling automotive. A crane was introduced in to assist shore it up.
“We don’t know if they’re alive,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated of the folks presumably trapped contained in the automotive following one of many deadliest accidents within the metropolis’s subway system, which is among the many busiest on the planet.
Earlier Sheinbaum stated somebody had been pulled alive from a automotive that was trapped on the highway beneath. She stated 49 of the injured had been hospitalized, and that seven had been in severe situation and present process surgical procedure.
“There are sadly youngsters among the many useless,” Sheinbaum stated, with out specifying what number of.
The overpass was about 5 meters (16 toes) above the highway within the borough of Tlahuac, however the prepare ran above a concrete median strip, which apparently lessened the casualties amongst motorists on the highway beneath.
“A help beam gave approach” simply because the prepare handed over it, Sheinbaum stated.
The Mexico Metropolis Metro has had at the least two severe accidents since its inauguration half a century in the past. In March of final yr, a collision between two trains on the Tacubaya station left one passenger useless and injured 41 folks. In 2015, a prepare that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12.
A whole bunch of law enforcement officials and firefighters cordoned off the scene Tuesday as determined mates and kin of individuals believed to be on the prepare gathered outdoors the safety perimeter. Even supposing the coronavirus scenario stays severe in Mexico Metropolis, they crowded collectively as they waited for information.
Adrián Loa Martínez, 46, stated that his mom referred to as him to inform him that his half-brother and sister-in-law had been driving when the overpass collapsed and that beam fell onto their automotive.
He stated that his sister-in-law was rescued and despatched to a hospital, however that his half-brother José Juan Galindo was crushed and he feared he was useless. “He’s down there now,” he informed journalists pointing towards the location.
Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was searching for her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Ángel Espinoza. She stated that her husband at all times take that prepare after ending work at a retailer, however he by no means obtained residence and had stopped answering his cellphone. When she heard what has occurred, she instantly feared the worst however has gotten no info from the authorities.
“No one is aware of something,” she stated.
The collapse occurred on the latest of the Mexico Metropolis subway’s traces, Line 12, which stretches far into the town’s south aspect. Like lots of the metropolis’s dozen subway traces, it runs underground by means of extra central areas of the town of 9 million, however then runs on elevated concrete constructions on the town’s outskirts.
The collapse may signify a serious blow for Mexican International Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico Metropolis’s mayor from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was constructed. Allegations about poor design and building on the subway line emerged quickly after Ebrard left workplace as mayor. The road needed to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks might be repaired.
Ebrard wrote on Twitter: “What occurred immediately on the Metro is a horrible tragedy.”
“After all, the causes ought to be investigated and people accountable ought to be recognized,” he wrote. “I repeat that I’m fully on the disposition of authorities to contribute in no matter approach is critical.”
It was not clear whether or not a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 may have affected the subway line.