By Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will punish these liable for an overpass collapse that killed not less than 24 individuals and injured dozens when a prepare on Mexico Metropolis’s latest metro line plunged onto a busy highway beneath, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday. Accompanied by officers concerned within the development and upkeep of the elevated metro line that collapsed, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned the investigation needs to be completed shortly and that nothing needs to be hidden from the general public
By Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will punish these liable for an overpass collapse that killed not less than 24 individuals and injured dozens when a prepare on Mexico Metropolis’s latest metro line plunged onto a busy highway beneath, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday.
Accompanied by officers concerned within the development and upkeep of the elevated metro line that collapsed, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned the investigation needs to be completed shortly and that nothing needs to be hidden from the general public.
“There isn’t any impunity for anybody,” he advised a information convention. Town has been ruled because the flip of the century by former mayor Lopez Obrador and his allies.
The crash has raised wider questions on security on one of many world’s busiest metro methods, which carries tens of millions of individuals day by day throughout an city sprawl residence to over 20 million individuals.
Firefighters utilizing heavy chains to stabilize the positioning pulled our bodies and survivors from the wreckage earlier than reducing one dangling carriage onto a truck within the afternoon. Some 79 individuals had been injured, together with three kids, authorities mentioned.
Video on social media confirmed the second when the overpass all of the sudden plummeted onto a stream of automobiles close to the Olivos station within the southeast of town at round 10:30 pm (0330 GMT on Tuesday), sending up clouds of mud and sparks.
Monserrat, 26, mentioned she was in the back of the prepare wagon when she heard a loud noise and the lights went out.
“Everyone screamed and we fell on prime of one another,” she advised Mexican radio, talking from the Belisario Dominguez hospital the place she was receiving therapy for an injured rib.
Outdoors hospitals, relations grew pissed off ready for data on relations, together with some who had been nonetheless lacking.
Angelica Cruz Camino, 31, mentioned she had not heard from her husband since he was on his manner residence from work round 10:30 pm on Monday. She visited a number of hospitals and was advised all victims had been recognized however she was nonetheless not situated him by Tuesday afternoon.
“I known as and known as however he was not answering me. Then it was my son who realized the metro collapsed,” she mentioned exterior Tlahuac public hospital. “I can not discover my husband.”
It was the second critical accident this yr, after a fireplace at a central management constructing knocked out service on a number of strains for weeks following price range cuts.
The overpass that collapsed was a part of Linea 12, an addition to the community completed lower than a decade in the past and lengthy tormented by claims of corruption and structural weak spot.
In 2014, simply two years after it opened, a number of of the road’s stations had been closed for structural repairs.
4 individuals who stay within the space advised Reuters they noticed the assist constructions beneath the elevated tracks visibly shaking when trains crossed. Some recalled warnings in regards to the humid soil being unfit for main development.
“Each time I noticed the prepare, I noticed the columns and beams shake,” mentioned Victor Lara, a day by day commuter on the road. “They are not properly made.”
Investigations will probably be carried out by each the legal professional basic’s workplace and an exterior auditor, the federal government mentioned.
In 2020, two trains collided on one other line of the community, killing one individual and injuring dozens.
Lopez Obrador was mayor of town within the early 2000s, and present mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who ran town when Linea 12 was constructed, are each senior members of his political motion.
After a robust 2017 earthquake, authorities knowledge present there have been additionally damages to the road’s assist columns.
Linea 12 was constructed by a consortium of CARSO Infraestructura y Construccion, SAB de CV (CCICSA), an organization managed by the household of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, Mexico’s Grupo ICA, and the Mexican unit of France’s Alstom SA.
ICA shared a chart with Reuters indicating that CCICSA was liable for development on the part of the road that collapsed however declined to remark additional.
A mentioned for CCICSA didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the chart, however mentioned in an earlier assertion to Reuters the corporate stood in solidarity with victims’ households and people injured. “We’re going to await the official knowledgeable opinion,” CCICSA mentioned.
Alstom mentioned its involvement within the consortium was restricted to sure features, together with energy provide and testing of some electromechanical work. The corporate mentioned it will help investigating authorities “in any manner needed.”
Sheinbaum mentioned it appeared a girder had given manner on the overpass, which she mentioned was inspected final yr. At a later information convention, she mentioned the collapse appeared to contemplate a “structural failure.”
“It isn’t potential to say categorically, however it appears that is what occurred,” Sheinbaum mentioned.
Ebrard mentioned it was the “most horrible” accident to have hit the native transport system, and that he was able to cooperate with authorities within the investigation.
On the information convention with Lopez Obrador, Sheinbaum and Ebrard confronted questions from reporters about who needs to be held accountable. Each urged the general public to permit investigators to do their work earlier than in search of to apportion duty.
The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Social gathering mentioned an investigation and punishment needs to be carried out “wherever it leads.”
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo, further reporting by Dave Graham, Raul Cortes, Cassandra Garrison and Abraham Gonzalez in Mexico Metropolis and Gwenaelle Barzic in Paris; Enhancing by Frank Jack Daniel, Alistair Bell and Jonathan Oatis)
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