- BBC World News
Debris removal work continues in Mexico City after the devastating accident on subway line 12 that left at least 24 dead and 79 injured on Monday night.
The identification of the fatalities is progressing slowly while the authorities report that the probability of people being trapped between the irons is “very low”.
The Prosecutor’s Office of the capital reported that it is transferring the bodies of the deceased to the territorial offices of the Public Ministry in Iztapalapa, in the east of the city, for the identification of the next of kin.
The accident occurred on Monday at 10:22 p.m. local time (03:22 GMT on Tuesday) when a beam of an elevated bridge of line 12, between Olivos and Tezonco stations, in the southeast of the city, gave way, which did crash a train with passengers that got stranded in a “V” shape.
The images of the collapse of the bridge, which fell on cars that were circulating on the street, shocked the country in the greatest tragedy remembered in the capital since the earthquake of September 19, 2017.
An unbearable wait
Relatives of users traveling in the subway have come to the scene, desperate for some kind of news.
“They do not provide me with the list of deaths, I want to know if my son is dead,” Marisol Tapia, mother of Giovanni Hernández, a 13-year-old young man who was traveling on the train, told the Efe news agency.
While the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced on Tuesday the launch of an investigation into the causes of the accident, work teams tried to remove the collapsed wagons.
The Mexico City metro is one of the busiest in the world, with about 6 million daily passengers.
Citizens have criticized the precariousness of the facilities and the lack of maintenance of an infrastructure that often suffers from interruptions.
Line 12 of the subway, where the accident occurred, also known as “the golden line”, was inaugurated in October 2012 when the current chancellor of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, was head of government of the capital from the country.
The French company Alstom and the Mexican companies ICA and a unit of Grupo Carso, from the family of Mexican millionaire Carlos Slim, participated in its construction.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.