Wednesday, February 8, 2023

One killed, 57 injured in train crash in Mexico

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — A train crash on the Mexican capital’s metro system killed at least one person and injured 57 on Saturday, the second fatality on that transportation system in a year and a half that sparked criticism. Mayor, candidate for the presidency of Mexico.

Claudia Sheinbaum, head of the government of Mexico City, of the ruling party, told the press that at 9:16 a.m. “there was a collision between two trains, which resulted in the accident,” but did not specify whether it was on line 3 of the subway. Happened between La Raza and Potrero stations.

According to Sheinbaum, one woman was killed and 57 people were affected by the collision, some with minor injuries and taken to seven hospitals in the city. The mayor said that four others were trapped in the trains and were later rescued. The driver of one of these trains was also trapped and his condition was critical.

Hours later, the mayor announced that 26 of the injured had been discharged.

The stations around where the accident took place were occupied by a hundred police and military personnel, while ambulances and rescue teams arrived to attend to the injured.

Edgar Montiel, a 28-year-old electrician, was one of the passengers of the train, who assured that he was miraculously saved by entering the last car at the last moment, and not the last car that was crushed in the accident.

“It was very loud. I closed my eyes when I felt the sheets of the wagon fold up and throw me away,” Mountiel told The Associated Press, recalling the moment in which Trains collided.

The electrician, whose left arm and shoulder were bandaged, indicated that he had been left on the floor of the car with several passengers who were screaming and crying for help. “The power in the subway went out and there was so much smoke that we were suffocating, we couldn’t breathe well,” Montiel remarked, adding that all the occupants of the car had to wait about thirty minutes until the paramedics arrived. rushed to his help and pulled him out of the wagon.

Expressing regret over the accident, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador indicated on his Twitter account that public officials in Mexico City are attending to the incident and have the support of the federal government.

In May 2021, 26 people died and nearly a hundred were injured when an elevated section of Line 12 of the Mexico City Subway collapsed. In the local elections held the following month that year, the left suffered a major setback in Mexico City.

Experts have attributed the incident to structural failure related to deficiencies in the construction process. In this case, ten former employees facing trial in liberty were charged with murder, injury and damage to property.

Opponents took advantage of the new incident in the subway to attack Sheinbaum on social networks, telling her that she was devoting herself to pre-campaigning for the 2024 presidential election, instead of taking care of the city and maintenance of the subway. .

“It is outrageous that their aspirations are above the security of the capital,” Laia Limón García, the opposition mayor of the capital’s Álvaro Obregón municipality, said on his Twitter account.

“This serious incident is the result of the negligence and systematic lapses of the metro service, which have become apparent in recent years,” the opposition party Movimiento Ciudadano said in a statement. City against Sheinbaum.

The Mexico City Metro, which is 226.49 kilometers long and has 195 stations, carries 4.6 million passengers every day.

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Associated Press Mexico reporter Fabiola Sanchez contributed to this report.

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