The mayor of Mexico City says a structural problem probably caused the collapse that killed 25 people and injured more than 70 people.
Jose Luis Hernandez Martinez crossed Mexico City every day on subway line 12 between his home on the south side of the city and the body shop where he worked repairing battered cars.
The 61-year-old train had been coming out from under the city and was tossing down the elevated portion, far from the center, Monday night when two of its bright orange cars suddenly fell into the void.
Hernandez Martinez was killed instantly, said his son Luis Adrian Hernandez Juarez, one of the 25 people who died in one of the worst accidents on the world’s largest subway system on Monday night. More than 70 people were injured.
“My father recovered without vital signs, with trauma to his chest, brain, feet and knees,” Hernandez Juarez told The Associated Press, which took the death certificate.
He said emergency personnel told him his father was crushed under other passengers. “It’s really terrible to see your father like this for the last time.”
Hernandez Juarez had planned to bury his father on Wednesday as a series of funerals began in the city of more than nine million people, amid the boiling anger and frustration between the families of the victims and those who ride the subway every day.
A preliminary review suggested an error in the horizontal support beams caused the crash, authorities said.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum had urged citizens to avoid speculation and promised a complete and deep independent research. But at a news conference on Wednesday, he suggested a structural problem had probably caused the collapse and drew attention to the fact that line 12 had a “story.”
“The problem here is who is responsible,” he said, when asked if the head of the subway system should be fired.
During his daily press conference, President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador assured Wednesday that “there will be justice.” He said the attorney general’s office had hired an independent company to conduct an investigation.
“The head of government (Sheinbaum) decided that a company with expertise in the field should be accused of conducting an investigation,” Lopez Obrador said, “and I agree with [this] adherence to legality and justice, there will be justice “.
Line 12 is the longest and newest in Mexico City, but has been hit by problems since it began operating in 2012. At its furthest point, it transports passengers from the capital’s still semi-rural south to the capital. jobs throughout the city. About 220,000 passengers use Line 12 every day.
The first targets of public anger were already emerging, among them the director of the metro, Florencia Serrania. Sheinbaum said he had not received any reports of problems on line 12 suggesting the possibility of a failure like Monday night.
Serrania said Tuesday the line received a “very rigorous” daily inspection. It was also revised in June 2020 after a strong earthquake did not cause significant damage to the city, he said. A 2017 city report noted significant damage to a portion of the line after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that year.
Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, when the line was built, also felt the heat. Widely regarded as a possible successor to López Obrador, Ebrard said those responsible should be identified and said he would make himself available to the authorities.