At least 23 people were killed when a fever-free rescue bid was slowly sent out in an attempt to exhume the deadliest accident in the history of the world’s busiest subway system, and Mexico City subway cars crashed dangerously into a collapsed overpass on Tuesday.
The overpass collapsed late Monday night, sending a sinking subway car from the city’s newest and most controversial subway line to a busy boulevard and rescuers brought in cranes to fix the debris so they could continue to operate safely.
President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the residents of Talluak, where the tragedy took place. He promised a full investigation into the crash.
“All the victims of this accident are embraced by the people of Talluak,” he said. There will be constant information and no one is exempt. “
The stunning video of the scene shows an overpass collapsing on a heavily trafficked road, with several vehicles apparently crushed under the enormous undergrowth of debris amid a cloud of dust and smoke.
It was not immediately clear if the bodies of the four were found but the death toll among those trapped in one of the subway cars has yet to be determined. Mayor Claudia Shenbum May said the victims included children and about 70 people were injured, including 49 who needed to be hospitalized.
Sheenbum said a structural review of the entire line and an in-depth investigation into the cause of the accident would begin immediately. The fast-growing bat on the southeast edge of the city was about 16 feet above the road to Talhuak. The train ran over a concrete median strip, which may have reduced the casualties among motorists on the road below when the support beams were given, the mayor said.
Rescue efforts are ongoing:Mexico City metro overpass crashes, killing at least 23 and injuring 70, officials say
Hundreds of friends and family of the dead and missing people landed in the area as police cordoned off several blocks to allow a complex rescue operation.
, Adrian Loa Martinez, 46, said his half-brother and sister-in-law were driving when the overpass crashed and a beam fell on their car. He said his sister-in-law was rescued and sent to the hospital, but his half-brother was crushed and he feared he had died.
“It’s down there now,” he said.
Giselle Rioja Castro, 43, was in search of her husband, Miguel Angel Espinoza, 42. She said her husband always takes the train after finishing work at the store, but she never returned home and stopped answering her phone. When she heard what had happened, she immediately had the worst fears but officials had no information about it.
“No one knows anything,” he said.
The city’s commuter subway train system – Sistema de Transporte Collectivo or STC – has 12 lines and about 200 stations that provide about 1.4 billion rides annually. The first line opened in 1969.
Line 12, completed in 2012, extends to the south side of the city. It runs underground on elevated concrete structures in more central areas of the city and in areas outside the city.
Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ibard was mayor from 2006 to 2012, when Line 12 was created. Allegations of poor design, construction, mismanagement and corruption surfaced only after Ibard stepped down as mayor. The line had to be partially closed in 2013 so that the track could be repaired. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the region in 2017 raised concerns about track safety.
Ibard called the accident a “terrible tragedy.”
He tweeted, “My solidarity with the victims and their families.” The causes must be investigated and responsibilities determined. I dismiss the officers to contribute whatever is needed. “
Contributors: Eleanor Espegren, USA Today; Associated Press