By Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexico will punish these chargeable for an overpass collapse that killed a minimum of 24 folks and injured dozens when a train on Mexico City’s latest metro line plunged onto a busy highway under, the federal government stated on Tuesday.
Accompanied by officers concerned within the building and upkeep of the elevated metro line that collapsed on Monday night time, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated the investigation ought to be accomplished shortly and that nothing ought to be hidden from the general public.
“There’s no impunity for anyone,” he informed a news convention. The metropolis has been ruled for the reason that 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 programs, which carries hundreds of thousands of individuals each day throughout the capital’s city sprawl.
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 folks had been injured, together with three kids, authorities stated.
Video on social media confirmed the second when the overpass all of the sudden plummeted onto a stream of vehicles close to the Olivos station within the southeast of town at round 10:30 p.m. (0330 GMT on Tuesday), sending up clouds of mud and sparks.
Monserrat, 26, stated she was in the back of the train wagon when she heard a loud noise and the lights went out.
“Everybody screamed and we fell on top of each other,” she informed Mexican radio.
Outside hospitals, relations grew annoyed ready for info on relations.
Angelica Cruz Camino, 31, stated she had not heard from her husband since he was on his means residence from work late Monday. She visited a number of hospitals and was informed all victims had been recognized however she nonetheless had not discovered him by Tuesday afternoon.
“I called and called but he wasn’t answering me. Then it was my son who realized the metro collapsed,” she stated outdoors Tlahuac public hospital. “I cannot find my husband.”
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 suffering from allegations of corruption and structural weak spot.
In 2014, simply two years after it opened, a number of of the line’s stations had been closed for structural repairs.
Four individuals who reside within the space informed Reuters they noticed the help buildings under the elevated tracks visibly shaking when trains crossed. Some recalled warnings in regards to the humid soil being unfit for main building.
After a robust 2017 earthquake, authorities information present there was additionally injury to the line’s help columns.
“Every time I saw the train, I saw the columns and beams shake,” stated Victor Lara, a each day commuter on the line. “They’re not well made.”
Investigations can be carried out by the federal lawyer normal’s workplace, its Mexico City counterpart, and an exterior auditor, Norway’s DNV GL, officers stated.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau despatched condolences to the households and pals of the victims of the accident and Lopez Obrador declared three days of nationwide mourning.
Lopez Obrador was mayor of town within the early 2000s, and present mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who ran town when Linea 12 was constructed, are each senior members of his political motion.
Linea 12 was constructed by a consortium of CARSO Infraestructura y Construccion, S.A.B. de C.V (CCICSA), an organization managed by the household of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, Mexico’s Grupo ICA, and the Mexican unit of France’s Alstom (PA:) SA.
ICA shared a chart with Reuters indicating that CCICSA was chargeable for building on the part of the line that collapsed however declined to remark additional.
A spokesman for CCICSA didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the chart, however stated in an earlier assertion to Reuters the corporate stood in solidarity with victims’ households and people injured. “We are going to wait for the official expert opinion,” CCICSA stated.
Alstom stated its involvement within the consortium was restricted to sure elements, together with energy provide and testing of some electromechanical work. The firm stated it might help investigating authorities “in any way necessary.”
Sheinbaum stated it appeared a girder had given means on the overpass, which she stated was inspected final yr. At a later news convention, she stated the collapse appeared to point a “structural failure.”
“It is not possible to say categorically, but it seems this is what happened,” Sheinbaum stated.
Ebrard stated it was the “most terrible” accident to have hit the native transport system, and that he was able to cooperate with authorities within the investigation.
Both urged the general public to permit investigators to do their work earlier than looking for to apportion duty.