A high lane where a 12th-row Mexico City subway car was traveling collapsed at 10:30 a.m. Monday night, killing at least 20 people and injuring 70, officials said.
In the preliminary draw, Secretary of State for Risk Management and Civil Defense Miriam Urcia reported 13 deaths, but Claudia Sheinbaum, head of the Mexican city government, added a total of seven deaths to 20, so far, as rescue efforts continue.
At the last press conference, he said the dead included minors, although he did not provide further details. “Seven people were seriously injured,” he said.
Eduardo Garcia, who lives in the area, told University Notices: “I heard it explode and we thought it was a fixed gas tank. They said the column had already collapsed and they had already said it was going to fall, but they ignored it. We were playing football nearby when we heard We didn’t think of this. A lot of people ran out and we all ran loose and looked at the ambulance. ”
Emergency services arrived to evacuate the victims, remove the wrecked vehicle, as well as remove the damaged remnants of the structure.
Live television footage showed dozens of rescue and firefighters pulling passengers out of cars amid twisted iron and cables.
Sheinbaum explained that the problem arose when a trap expired when a train passed by and got stuck under a car. The structure was about five meters high above the avenue.
The wagon was “very weak” and the rescue was temporarily halted at midnight and a crane had to come to secure it before work could continue.
Officials at Talahuac’s General Hospitals, Istabalaba General, Belisario Tomanzuez, ISSDE, Magdalena de los Salinas, Crawl, to receive patients. About 22 ambulances from ERUM, 8 from CRUM, 10 from the Red Cross, and firefighters were allowed to attend the emergency.
Carina Jimenez, who lives in San Lorenzo Tesonko, told Univision Notice: “Unfortunately she won. Now many people make mistakes. There are wounded … there are dead, we do not know how many. My brother-in-law works at Wal-Mart here and they warned us that people would come to support the paramedics and the military. ”
“It’s an emergency, because a lot of people are coming home from work. It’s very busy … so it’s a very busy time and many of us use it. Fortunately for some, we’re all occupied with it. Unfortunately it’s just now. We have no exemption anywhere,” Jimenez said.
They run a center to notify relatives
Security forces at all levels, including the military, cooperated in the rescue operation, while the city government set up a command center to inform the families of the victims and wounded.
Metro said the rest of the transport system was in operation, except for line 12 where the incident took place.
“What happened today in the subway is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families. Of course, the causes need to be explored and the responsibilities defined. I urge the full support of the authorities to contribute to what is needed, “said Marcelo Ephraim, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
The Mexico City Metro, one of the largest and busiest in the world, has had at least two serious accidents since it opened half a century ago, the AP company recalls.
In 2015, a train that did not stop on time collided with another at Oceania station, injuring 12 people, which officials later described as a “double human error.”
Our journalist Julio Codenes Collaborated with this statement from the scene.