Trains collapsed across the road – bridge collapsed


About 20 people lost their lives and many were injured when a bridge collapsed and a subway train fell over a road in Mexico’s capital. “No screams were heard,” says a witness at the moment when everything collapsed.

It was just after 10 pm local time on Monday when something gave way between the stations Olivos and Tezonco on the metro system’s line 12. The elevated track collapsed, and the train crashed on the heavily trafficked street below, surveillance images like Mexican media show posted on Twitter.

– Suddenly it seemed that the whole structure was shaking, says an anonymous witness to the television company Televisa.

– When the dust settled, we ran forward to see if we could help someone. But no screams were heard, the woman says.

– Maybe they were in such a shock.

Unstable train

Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City (Ciudad de México), has so far counted 23 dead. About 50 injured are being cared for in hospital.

A large rescue squad was sent to the scene. But the work is slow. The train has positioned itself as a “V” across the road, and risks collapsing more.

– For the time being, the rescue work has been paused because the train is unstable, Sheinbaum says during the night local time.

During Ebrard’s time

The metro network in the city is relatively new, the first parts were put into operation in the 1960s, but have grown to North America’s second largest, after New York. In terms of number of travelers, the network is in about tenth place in the world.

According to the news agency EFE, the now collapsed segment was built in a system of elevated tracks that was built when Marcelo Ebrard was the highest responsible politician in Mexico City, which was the years 2006–2012.

Ebrard is now Mexico’s Secretary of State. How the aftermath of Monday’s accident is handled can have political significance for the whole of Mexico – Ebrard and Mayor Sheinbaum are often mentioned as possible future presidents in the country.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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