Anger mounts as death toll from Mexico metro overpass collapse rises to 24 | Mexico

The death toll from the collapse of an overpass on the Mexico Metropolis metro has climbed to 24, as crews labored to clear the wreckage – and anger grew over the newest in a string of catastrophes to hit one of many world’s largest mass transit programs.(*24*)

Officers refused to speculate on the reason for the Monday evening catastrophe which despatched two carriages crashing into passing site visitors on the road beneath. Town’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, promised a radical investigation by an outdoor agency and the federal prosecutor’s workplace – although she stood by the embattled director of the metro, Florencia Serranía.(*24*)

“We’re going to get to the reality. We’re not going to cowl something up. That is the request we’re making to the prosecutor’s workplace. There shall be accountability,” she mentioned at a tense press convention on Tuesday.(*24*)

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador known as for a swift and open investigation.
“There’s no impunity for anybody,” he instructed reporters. Mexico’s capital has been ruled since 2000 by former mayor López Obrador and his allies.(*24*)

Footage from safety cameras confirmed the overpass collapsing on to a busy avenue at about 10.30pm on Monday evening, leaving one of many wagons dangling precariously.(*24*)

“We solely heard a thunderous noise and the whole lot began coming aside,” a survivor figuring out herself as Mariana told the newspaper El Common. “We had been despatched flying and hit the ceiling.”(*24*)

Bystanders and passersby rushed to pull survivors from the wreck. Adolfo Ángel Ibarra, 21, was travelling on a small bus when he heard the roar of collapsing concrete and circled to see a cloud of mud.(*24*)

Operating to the scene he and different bystanders compelled open the door and pulled shocked survivors from the wreckage. “I used to be scared, however I additionally felt like a hero. I felt like somebody who was wanted,” Ibarra mentioned from the scene close to the Los Olivos metro station.(*24*)

Emergency medical crews and firefighters labored by the evening to free trapped passengers, and 79 individuals had been taken to hospital.(*24*)

Households of lacking passengers joined within the determined search on the scene and pleaded for data at overwhelmed hospitals.(*24*)

One mom recognized as Marisol Tapía interrupted a press convention held on Tuesday morning by an opposition social gathering on the scene of the crash to demand solutions.(*24*)

“We’ve searched all evening and no one is aware of the place he’s,” Tapía wailed as she pressed for a solution on the whereabouts of her son Giovani Hernández Tapía, 13.(*24*)

A resident reacts as she arrives at the crash site at Los Olivos station in Mexico City on Tuesday.
A resident reacts as she arrives on the crash web site at Los Olivos station in Mexico Metropolis on Tuesday. {Photograph}: Henry Romero/Reuters

Serranía mentioned the collapsed metro line – which was inaugurated in 2012 – was final inspected in January 2020.(*24*)

The collapse adopted a spate of calamities within the metro, together with trains crashing into one another and a fireplace tearing by the system’s central command centre.(*24*)

It additionally occurred on Line 12 – the “Golden Line” – which opened to fanfare as a modernization of Mexico Metropolis’s metro, however was beset by closures and development issues.(*24*)

Mexican social media resurfaced previous tweets and posts from individuals warning one thing was amiss with the elevated metro line.(*24*)

“I at all times mentioned someday it’s going to collapse,” mentioned Paulina García, 45, a resident of the crash space within the south-eastern Tláhuac borough.(*24*)

“There have been issues because it was inaugurated,” she mentioned, as close by a crane lifted one of many fallen wagons so it could possibly be hauled away.(*24*)

Homero Zavala, chief of the metro staff’ union, mentioned 4 of the strains had been “time bombs” due to dilapidated infrastructure. “This accident … may have been averted in the event that they listened to staff,” he instructed reporters.(*24*)

Line 12 carried roughly 350,000 passengers every day from the semi-rural south-eastern borough of Tláhuac to a south-central a part of the capital. Its inauguration was heralded as a long-overdue infrastructure development for a metro system based in 1969, however chronically underfunded and rife with dilapidated infrastructure.(*24*)

Line 12 was supposed to be the crowning achievement of former mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who left workplace in 2012 and is now overseas minister –and a detailed ally of the president. Political observers contemplate Ebrard and Sheinbaum to be rivals within the succession to López Obrador, who steps down in 2024.(*24*)

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