Families mourn victims of Mexico City subway collapse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — José Luis Hernández Martínez crossed Mexico City day-after-day on subway Line 12 between his residence on the town’s south facet and the physique store the place he labored repairing mangled automobiles.

The 61-year-old’s practice had emerged from beneath the town and was jostling alongside the elevated portion removed from downtown late Monday night time when two of its brilliant orange automobiles immediately fell right into a void.

Hernández Martínez was killed immediately, his son Luis Adrian Hernández Juarez stated, one of 24 individuals who died in a single of the world’s largest subway system’s worst accidents. More than 70 others had been injured.

“My father was recovered without vital signs, with trauma to his thorax, his brain, his feet, his knees,” Hernández Juarez stated, gripping the demise certificates. He stated emergency personnel instructed him his father was crushed beneath different passengers. “It’s really terrible to see your father that way for the last time.”

Hernández Juarez deliberate to bury his father Wednesday as a string of funerals started throughout the town of greater than 9 million individuals.

Anger and frustration boiled among the many victims’ households and people who journey the sprawling subway every day.

“No one is going to give me my father back, even if they give me 10 million pesos,” Hernández Juarez stated, whereas expressing concern that his mom had been left and not using a supply of earnings.

A preliminary evaluate advised a failure within the horizontal assist beams precipitated the accident, authorities stated.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum urged the general public to keep away from hypothesis and promised a radical and impartial investigation. Authorities anticipated to current a preliminary report on the accident Friday.

Line 12 is Mexico City’s longest and latest, however has been plagued with issues because it started working in 2012. At its farthest level, it carries commuters from the capital’s nonetheless semi-rural south facet to jobs throughout the town. Some 220,000 riders use Line 12 day-after-day.

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Early targets for the general public’s ire had been already rising, amongst them the subway’s director, Florencia Serranía. Sheinbaum stated she had not acquired any report about issues on Line 12 that advised the chance of a failure just like the one Monday night time.

Serranía stated Tuesday that the road acquired a “very rigorous” every day inspection. It was additionally reviewed in June 2020 after an earthquake that was sturdy however didn’t trigger important injury within the metropolis, she stated. A metropolis report in 2017 famous important injury to a portion of the road after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that year.

Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was Mexico City’s mayor from 2006 to 2012 when the road was constructed, was additionally feeling the warmth. Widely seen as a attainable successor to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ebrard stated these accountable must be recognized and he would make himself accessible to authorities.

While conclusions on what precipitated the accident may take months and assigning blame longer, many victims’ households had been confronted with the fast wants introduced on by the loss of their main breadwinners.

Gisela Rioja additionally spent Monday night time and Tuesday morning scouring the town’s hospitals for info on her husband, 42-year-old Miguel Ángel Espinosa Flores, who labored in a division retailer at a mall a couple of stops from the place the accident occurred.

Rioja lastly discovered him Tuesday at a morgue within the Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa. She described him as a tough employee, accountable and comfortable. She and their two youngsters trusted him.

“I want justice for my husband because a simple apology is not going to bring him back to us,” she stated. “He was my love; he was everything to me. It hurts so much, so much, so much because of the way it ended.”

Luisa Martínez sat outdoors metropolis authorities workplaces in Iztapalapa on Tuesday afternoon awaiting the discharge of the physique of her niece’s husband, Carlos Pineda, a 38-year-old dentist. Pineda leaves behind his spouse and their two youngsters ages 7 and 13.

“He was the one who supported the family. Now they are left without income,” Martínez stated. “They have to compensate us now. I don’t want it in a year or two years like all bureaucratic procedures.”


Associated Press videojournalist Lissette Romero contributed to this report.

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