Video confirmed at the least one damaged prepare partially suspended and a automobile trapped underneath rubble. AP Photo
MEXICO CITY: An elevated part of the Mexico City metro collapsed and despatched a subway automobile plunging towards a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at the least 23 individuals and injuring about 70, metropolis officers stated. Rescuers searched a automobile left dangling from the overpass for hours for anybody who is likely to be trapped.
Those efforts have been suspended early Tuesday, nonetheless, as a result of of security issues for these working close to the precariously dangling automobile. A crane was introduced in to assist shore it up.
“We do not know if they’re alive,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated of the individuals probably trapped contained in the automobile following one of the deadliest accidents within the metropolis’s subway system, which is among the many busiest on this planet.
Earlier Sheinbaum stated somebody had been pulled alive from a automobile that was trapped on the highway under. She stated 49 of the injured have been hospitalized, and that seven have been in critical situation and present process surgical procedure.
“There are sadly youngsters among the many dead,” Sheinbaum stated, with out specifying what number of. The overpass was about 5 meters (16 ft) 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 under.
“A assist beam gave means” simply because the prepare handed over it, Sheinbaum stated. The Mexico City Metro has had at the least two critical accidents since its inauguration half a century in the past. In March of final 12 months, a collision between two trains on the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead and injured 41 individuals. In 2015, a prepare that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12.
Hundreds of law enforcement officials and firefighters cordoned off the scene Tuesday as determined buddies and kin of individuals believed to be on the prepare gathered exterior the safety perimeter. Despite the truth that the coronavirus scenario stays critical in Mexico City, they crowded collectively as they waited for information.
Adrian Loa Martinez, 46, stated that his mom referred to as him to inform him that his half-brother and sister-in-regulation have been driving when the overpass collapsed and that beam fell onto their automobile.
He stated that his sister-in-regulation was rescued and despatched to a hospital, however that his half-brother Jose Juan Galindo was crushed and he feared he was dead. “He is down there now,” he instructed journalists pointing towards the location.
Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was in search of her husband, 42-12 months-previous Miguel Angel Espinoza. She stated that her husband all the time take that prepare after ending work at a retailer, however he by no means obtained dwelling 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.
“Nobody is aware of something,” she stated. The collapse occurred on the latest of the Mexico City subway’s strains, Line 12, which stretches far into the town’s south aspect. Like many of the town’s dozen subway strains, it runs underground by means of extra central areas of the town of 9 million, however then runs on elevated concrete buildings on the town’s outskirts.
The collapse may signify a significant blow for Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico City’s mayor from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was constructed. Allegations about poor design and development on the subway line emerged quickly after Ebrard left workplace as mayor. The line needed to be partly closed in 2013 so tracks might be
Ebrard wrote on Twitter: “What occurred as we speak on the Metro is a horrible tragedy.” “Of course, the causes must be investigated and people accountable must be recognized,” he wrote. “I repeat that I’m totally on the disposition of authorities to contribute in no matter means is important.”
It was not clear whether or not a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 may have affected the subway line.