An elevated part of the Mexico Metropolis metro collapsed and despatched a subway automobile plunging towards a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at the very least 23 individuals and injuring about 70, metropolis officers mentioned. Rescuers searched a automobile left dangling from the overpass for hours for anybody who is likely to be trapped.
These efforts had been suspended early Tuesday, nonetheless, due to security considerations for these working close to the precariously dangling automobile. A crane was introduced in to assist shore it up.
“We don’t know if they’re alive,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned of the individuals probably trapped contained in the automobile following one of many deadliest accidents within the metropolis’s subway system, which is among the many busiest on this planet.
Earlier Sheinbaum mentioned somebody had been pulled alive from a automobile that was trapped on the highway under. She mentioned 49 of the injured had been hospitalized, and that seven had been in critical situation and present process surgical procedure.
“There are sadly kids among the many useless,” Sheinbaum mentioned, 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 help beam gave method” simply because the prepare handed over it, Sheinbaum mentioned.
The Mexico Metropolis Metro has had at the very 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 useless and injured 41 individuals. In 2015, a prepare that didn’t cease on time crashed into one other on the Oceania station, injuring 12.
Lots of of law enforcement officials and firefighters cordoned off the scene Tuesday as determined mates and family of individuals believed to be on the prepare gathered exterior the safety perimeter. Although the coronavirus state of affairs stays critical in Mexico Metropolis, they crowded collectively as they waited for information.
Adrián Loa Martínez, 46, mentioned 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 automobile.
He mentioned 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 instructed journalists pointing towards the positioning.
Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was searching for her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Ángel Espinoza. She mentioned that her husband at all times take that prepare after ending work at a retailer, however he by no means received dwelling and had stopped answering his telephone. 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 mentioned.
The collapse occurred on the most recent 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 buildings on the town’s outskirts.
The collapse might signify a serious blow for Mexican Overseas 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 right this moment 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 method is critical.”
It was not clear whether or not a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2017 might have affected the subway line.