Mexico train crash – Huge crack in line reported by residents after earthquake years before it collapsed killing 23

LOCALS in Mexico City reported a huge crack in the Metro line years before it collapsed – killing 23 people and injuring around 70 more. 

Residents had warned of faults in the structure following an earthquake in 2017, it emerged today.






Two train carriages hung from the damaged overpass after the horrific accident late last night.

Firefighters today used heavy chains to stabilise the site – though rescue efforts were briefly paused over fears that more train parts and debris could slam down onto the road.

Local media reported that residents had reported concerns about a crack in the structure after a 2017 earthquake which killed over 200 people. 

According to the El Universal newspaper, transport authorities had made repairs to the line after the reports. 

Videos on Mexican television show train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blare.

Meanwhile, footage shown on Milenio TV showed the overpass collapsing onto cars on a road below.

'TERRIBLE'

Another video showed emergency medical crews and firefighters desperately searching through wreckage for survivors.

Mexico City’s mayor said a support beam had given way, causing the carriages to fall – but declined to give a reason for the accident.

She told reporters: "At this moment, we can’t speculate about what happened.

"There has to be a deep investigation, and whoever is responsible has to be held responsible."

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.







Speaking at a press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the investigation should be done quickly and that nothing should be hidden from the public.

"There's no impunity for anyone," he said.

Investigations will be carried out by both the attorney general's office and an external auditor, the government said.

Earlier today, Mayor Sheinbaum said one casualty had been pulled alive from a car trapped on the road below. At least 49 of the injured were hospitalised, and seven are in serious condition and undergoing surgery, she said.

The city's Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency initially put the toll at 13 and 70 people injured.

Tragically, the number of people known to have died has since risen.

Rescuers were briefly forced to halt their efforts at midnight because the hanging train carriage was "very weak" and a crane was brought in.

At least one carriage was trapped under the rubble after the overpass, which was around 16 feet above the road, collapsed.

Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television host in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue personnel rescuing injured passengers by helping them down from ladders.

Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, has warned residents to avoid the area.





The accident happened at around 10.30pm local time at Olivos Station in Las Arboledas on the metro’s Line 12, also known as the Gold Line. It was opened in 2012.

Devastated families are waiting at the scene for news of their loved ones.

One man, 46, said his half-brother and sister-in-law had been driving when the overpass collapsed onto their car.

Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, said she was looking for her husband, who always took the train and wasn't answering his phone.

The metro's 12 line was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.

"What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families," Ebrard said on Twitter.

"Of course, the causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined. I reiterate I am at the disposal of authorities to help in whatever is necessary."

The subway system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles more than four million passengers a day – and a total of 1.655billion in 2019.

It is the second-largest in the Americas, after New York.

Last March, a collision between two trains at the Tacubaya station left one passenger dead and 41 injured. In 2015, a train that did not stop on time crashed into another at the Oceania station, injuring 12 people.


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