World Mexico looks for answers after metro train plunges into road, killing 23
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.
By Dave Graham
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -A full investigation will be carried out into the causes of an overpass collapse that killed at least 23 people when a Mexico City metro train plunged onto a busy road below, authorities said on Tuesday.
Two train carriages precariously hung from the damaged overpass after the accident late on Monday, and rescue efforts were briefly suspended with authorities worried that more train parts and debris could slam down onto the road.
Firemen using heavy chains to stabilize the site pulled bodies and survivors from wreckage. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals in the south of the city.
'No impunity for anyone': Mexican president promises investigation after train overpass collapse kills at least 23
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 and most controversial subway line toward a busy boulevard. Rescuers brought in a crane to stabilize the wreckage so they could safely continue the operation.
A video on Milenio TV channel showed the overpass plummeting onto a stream of cars near the Olivos station in the southeast of the city at around 10.30 p.m. local time, sending up clouds of dust and sparks.
The crash, which left at least 60 people injured, has raised questions about safety on one of the world's busiest metro systems, which spreads across a vast urban sprawl that is home to some 20 million people.
It was the second serious accident this year, after a fire at a central control building knocked out service on several lines for weeks.
Speaking at a regular news conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the investigation should be done quickly and nothing hidden from the Mexican people.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who earlier said it appeared a girder had given way on the overpass, said the attorney general's office and an external company would both be involved in getting to the bottom of what happened.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was city mayor when the overpass was built, said it was the most "terrible" accident to have hit the local transport system, and that he was ready to cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
At the conference with Lopez Obrador, Sheinbaum and Ebrard faced repeated questions from reporters about who should be held accountable for what happened. Both urged the public to allow investigators to do their work before seeking to apportion responsibility for the accident.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Alistair Bell)
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.