Crews labored to untangle subway automobiles that dangled from a Mexico Metropolis overpass Tuesday after a collapse killed at least 24 individuals within the deadliest accident within the historical past of one of many world’s busiest subway methods.
The overpass collapsed late Monday, sending subway automobiles plunging from town’s latest subway line towards a busy boulevard. Rescuers introduced in a crane to stabilize the wreckage so they might safely proceed the operation.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed condolences and solidarity to the households of the victims and to residents of Tláhuac, the borough the place the accident happened. He promised a radical probe of the tragedy.
“A hug to all of the individuals of Tláhuac, to all those that are affected by this accident,” he stated. “There can be fixed info and there’s no impunity for anybody.”
Beautiful video from the scene reveals the overpass collapsing on a closely trafficked highway, a number of automobiles apparently crushed beneath the large heap of particles amid a cloud of mud and smoke.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated 21 died on the scene, whereas the others died at hospitals. Youngsters have been among the many fatalities, Sheinbaum stated. Greater than 70 individuals have been additionally injured.
Sheinbaum stated a structural evaluation of all the line and an in-depth investigation of the reason for the tragedy would start instantly. The overpass was about 16 toes above the highway in Tláhuac, a fast-growing borough on town’s southeast edge.
Tons of of family and friends of the useless and the lacking descended on the world as police cordoned off a number of blocks to permit for the complicated rescue operation.
Adrián Loa Martínez, 46, stated his half-brother and sister-in-law have been driving when the overpass collapsed and a beam fell onto their automobile. He stated that his sister-in-law was rescued and despatched to a hospital, however that his half-brother was crushed and he feared he was useless.
“He’s down there now,” he stated.
Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was in search of her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Ángel Espinoza. She stated that her husband all the time takes that prepare after ending work at a retailer, however he by no means returned house 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 town’s commuter subway prepare system – Sistema de Transporte Colectivo– consists of 12 strains and virtually 200 stations offering about 1.4 billion rides yearly. The primary line opened in 1969.
Line 12, accomplished in 2012, stretches far into town’s south facet. It runs underground by way of extra central areas of town and on elevated concrete constructions on town’s outskirts.
Mexican International Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard was mayor from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was constructed. Allegations of poor design, development, mismanagement and corruption emerged quickly after Ebrard left workplace as mayor. The road needed to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks might be repaired. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck the world in 2017 rekindled issues about monitor security.
Ebrard known as the accident a “horrible tragedy.”
“My solidarity with the victims and their households,” he tweeted. “Causes have to be investigated and tasks outlined. I (am on the) disposal of the authorities to contribute in no matter is important.”
Contributing: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; The Related Press
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