Politics At least 23 dead in Mexico City subway overpass collapse

15:03  04 may  2021
15:03  04 may  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Families mourn victims of Mexico City subway collapse

  Families mourn victims of Mexico City subway collapse MEXICO CITY (AP) — José Luis Hernández Martínez crossed Mexico City every day on subway Line 12 between his home on the city’s south side and the body shop where he worked repairing mangled cars. The 61-year-old’s train had emerged from beneath the city and was jostling along the elevated portion far from downtown late Monday night when two of its bright orange cars suddenly fell into a void. Hernández Martínez was killed instantly, his son Luis Adrian Hernández Juarez said, one of 24 people who died in one of the world’s largest subway system’s worst accidents. More than 70 others were injured.

A portion of the Mexico City subway system collapsed late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring around 70 others.

a group of people playing instruments and performing on a stage: Mexico City subway disaster © Getty Images Mexico City subway disaster

Rescuers searched a car that was dangling from an overpass for anyone who might be trapped for hours, The Associated Press reports, but the effort was halted early Tuesday due to safety concerns.

"We don't know if they are alive," Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said of anyone who may be trapped inside the car. According to Sheinbaum, one person had been pulled alive from the car and 49 of the injured people were hospitalized. Seven people were in serious condition and undergoing surgery.

'No one is going to give me my father back': Families mourn, voice anger after deadly Mexico City metro line crash

  'No one is going to give me my father back': Families mourn, voice anger after deadly Mexico City metro line crash The overpass collapsed late Monday, sending subway cars plunging from Mexico City's newest subway line toward a busy boulevard.The overpass collapsed late Monday, sending subway cars plunging from the city's newest subway line toward a busy boulevard. Rescuers brought in a crane to stabilize the wreckage so they could safely continue the operation.

"There are unfortunately children among the dead," Sheinbaum added. According to the mayor, a support beam gave way as the train was passing over it.

The line on which the crash occurred, Line 12, is the newest part of Mexico City's subway system, the AP notes. It mostly runs underground, but travels on elevated concrete around the city's outskirts.

The AP notes that the Mexico City system has had at least two other serious incidents since it began operating around 50 years ago. A collision between two trains in 2020 left one person dead and 41 injured. In another incident, 12 people were injured when a train crashed into another.

This incident could be damaging for Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor of Mexico City when Line 12 was built, the AP noted, adding that soon after Ebrard left office, allegations of poor design and construction about the subway line arose.

"What happened today on the Metro is a terrible tragedy," Ebrard tweeted.

"Of course, the causes should be investigated and those responsible should be identified," he added. "I repeat that I am entirely at the disposition of authorities to contribute in whatever way is necessary."

Mexico City metro overpass collapses onto road; 15 dead .
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging toward a road, trapping at least one car under rubble and killing at least 15 people, authorities said. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 70 people were injured, with 34 hospitalized, according to preliminary figures. Video showed at least one broken train partially suspended and a car trapped under rubble, with dozens of rescuers searching through wreckage. The overpass was about 5 meters above the road in southern Mexico City.“A support beam gave way,” Sheinbaum said, adding that the beam collapsed just as the train passed over it.

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