The death toll from overpass collapse on Mexico City’s subway lines rose to 24 as teams attempted to clear the rubble and the fury rose from the latest disaster to hit a mass transit system that has risen to 24. One of the largest in the world
Officials declined to speculate on the cause of the disaster on Monday night, which sent two carriages crashing into traffic on the road below, the city̵7;s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, promised a thorough investigation by outside companies and the federal prosecutor’s office. Even though she was standing next to Metro Director Florencia Serranía.
“We are going to the truth. We will not hide anything. This is a request that we send to the prosecutor’s office. There will be responsibilities, ”she said at a news conference on Tuesday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for a quick and open investigation.
“There is no impunity for anyone,” he told reporters. The Mexican capital has been ruled since 2000 by former Mayor López Obrador and his allies.
Security camera footage showed an overpass collapsed on a busy street around 10:30 PM on Monday night, causing a carriage to hang precariously.
“We only heard a thundering noise and everything started to fall apart,” a survivor identified himself as Mariana told El Universal newspaper. “We were sent off and hit the ceiling.”
Innocent bystanders and commuters quickly pulled survivors from the wreckage, 21-year-old Adolfo Ángel Ibarra was traveling on a small bus when he heard the roar of the collapsing concrete and turned around to see. Dust cloud
Running to the scene, he and other bystanders force the door to open and pull the shocked survivors out of the debris. “I’m scared, but I feel like a hero too. I felt like I was in need, ”Ibarra said from the scene near the Los Olivos metro station.
Emergency medical teams and firefighters worked through the night to free the stranded passengers and 79 were taken to hospital.
The families of the missing passengers were engaged in a desperate search at the scene and pleaded for information at the hospital where the deceased was made.
One mother said Marisol Tapía interrupted a news conference held Tuesday morning by the opposition party at the scene to demand a response.
“We searched all night and no one knew where he was,” Tapía mourned as she pressed for answers about the clue of her son, Giovani Hernández, Tapía, 13.
Serranía said the collapsed metro, launched in 2012, was last inspected in January 2020.
The collapse followed devastation in the subway, including a collision train and a fire at the system’s central command center.
It also takes place on Line 12, the “Golden Line,” open to fanfare that Mexico City’s subways are modern. But was beset by closures and construction problems.
Mexico’s social media has reappeared in old tweets and posts from people warning that something was wrong with the Metro.
“I always say that one day it will collapse,” said Paulina García, 45, a resident of the crime scene in southeastern Tláhuac municipality.
“There has been a problem since its launch,” she said, as one crane lifted a nearby wagon so it could be pulled away.
The subway trade union chief Homerozavala said four lines were “time bombs” due to the deteriorating infrastructure. “This accident … could have been avoided if they listened to workers,” he told reporters.
Line 12 carries approximately 350,000 passengers a day from the southeastern countryside of Tláhuac to the southern central part of the capital. The launch was heralded as a long overdue infrastructure breakthrough for a subway system established in 1969, but it was inadequate funded and plagued with dilapidated infrastructure.
Line 12 was supposed to be the ultimate achievement for former Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who retired in 2012 and is now the Secretary of State and a close ally of the president. Political observers see Ebrard and Sheinbaum as rivals in the succession of López Obrador, who stepped down in 2024.