- The president of Mexico decreed national mourning of 3 days for the fatal accident on line 12 of the capital’s metro
- Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to raise the Mexican flag at half mast, from May 4 to 6
- The Mexico City prosecutor’s office released the list of the 25 people who died after the terrible accident
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), declared this Tuesday 3 days of national mourning for the accident on a section of Line 12 of the metro in the Mexican capital that so far has left at least 25 dead, Mexico City prosecutor’s office announced, according to El Universal.
The president published this Tuesday in the evening edition of the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) the decree “by which a three-day national mourning is declared, due to the tragedy that occurred on Monday on Line 12 of the Metro Collective Transport System” of Mexico City.
National duel in Mexico will be until May 6
In the document it was established that on Monday “a serious accident” occurred in the facilities of Line 12 of the metro in which unfortunately several people lost their lives and others were injured “. In addition, it was pointed out that in the face of the tragedy, the federal government “expresses its solidarity and deep pain towards the deceased and injured persons, as well as their respective families.”
Given this, the president declared a 3-day national mourning and agreed to raise the Mexican flag at half mast, from May 4 to 6, the Efe news agency reported. Filed Under: Mexico National Duel.
One of the worst subway accidents in the world
Earlier, the Ministry of the Interior (Interior), convened this Tuesday secretariats of State, their decentralized bodies and / or coordinated bodies to raise the Mexican flag at half mast as a sign of mourning for the people who lost their lives in the aforementioned accident.
The accident occurred on Monday at 22.22 hours (03.22 GMT on Tuesday) when a beam of an elevated bridge of Line 12, between Olivos and Tezonco stations, in the east of the capital, gave way, causing the fall of a train with passengers that was stranded in the shape of a “V”.
National Mourning Mexico: The capital’s greatest tragedy
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 in the capital since the earthquake of September 19, 2017. According to Forbes Mexico, Line 12 was closed in 2015 for one year and 8 months due to failures in the rail system.
So far the balance of the collapse is at least 25 dead and 79 people injured, 15 of whom are still hospitalized, some seriously.
Prosecutor publishes list of deceased
24 hours after the tragic accident, the CDMX prosecutor’s office released the list of the 25 people who died after the spectacular accident. Through a statement on their social networks, the prosecution reported that “all the bodies of the deceased have been identified and made available to their families,” El Universal reported.
Based on the list released by the capital prosecutor’s office, the deceased are:
1.- José Luis Hernández Martínez, 60 years old
2.- Juan Luis Díaz Galicia, 39 years old
3.- Melitón Velasco López, 46 years old
4.- Angélica Segura Osorio, 44 years old
5.- Liliana López García, 37 years old
6.- Mario Alberto Bautista Sánchez, 25 years old
7.- Immer del Águila Pineda, 29 years old
8.- Miguel Ángel Vázquez Castellanos, 24 years old
9.- Christian López Santiago, 41 years old
10.- Jesús Baños García, 28 years old
11.- Lorenzo Islas Cruz, 60 years old
12.- Brandon Giovanny Hernández Tapia, 13 years old
13.- Alejandro Mendoza Vega, 53 years old
14.- Sergio Valentín Rodríguez, 61 years old
15.- Carlos Emmanuel Pineda Bernal, 38 years old
16.- Santos Reyes Pérez, 31 years old
17.- Evaristo Lucas Santiago, 23 years old
18.- Gildardo Rodríguez Galicia, 53 years old
19.- Nancy Lezama Salgado, 23 years old
20.- Gabriel Ramírez Medina, 31 years old
21.- René Jorge García Mendez, 71 years old
22.- Idelfonso Barrios Castañeda, 47 years old
23.- Ismael Salazar Juárez, 42 years old
24.- Miguel Ángel Espinoza Flores, 41 years old
25.- José Juan Galindo Soto, 34 years old
Families mourn victims of Mexico subway accident
José Luis Hernández Martínez crossed Mexico City every day on Line 12 of the subway, between his home in the south of the city and the body shop where he worked repairing crashed vehicles. The 61-year-old man was traveling Monday night on a train that had left the underground of the city and was traveling on an elevated section far from the center, when two of his orange cars suddenly fell into space.
Hernández Martínez died on the spot, said his son, Luis Adrián Hernández Juárez, in what is considered one of the worst subway accidents in the world. “My dad was rescued with no vital signs. With trauma to the chest, brain, feet, knees, bruises, ”said Hernández Juárez, who was clutching the death certificate.
National Mourning Mexico: Families are left without a source of income
Emergency personnel told him that his father had been crushed by other passengers. “It is a very ugly thing to see your father like this for the last time.” He was scheduled to bury his father on Wednesday, as funerals began throughout the city of more than 9 million people.
Anger and frustration boiled among the victims’ families and those who use the extensive underground network every day. “No one is going to give me back my father even if they give me 10 million pesos,” said Hernández Juárez, who expressed concern that his mother had been left without a source of income.
Authorities will present a report on Friday
A preliminary study pointed to a failure in the support beams as the cause of the incident, according to authorities. The mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, urged the population to avoid speculation and promised a thorough and independent investigation. Authorities expected to file a report of the accident on Friday.
Line 12 is the longest and newest in Mexico City, but it has had a succession of problems since it began operating in 2012. Its route reaches the most rural area to the south of the city, where workers climb to reach their posts throughout the city. Some 220,000 passengers use the Line 12.
People are outraged
The outrage of the people had already found several targets, such as the director of the metro, Florencia Serranía. Sheinbaum said he had not received reports of problems on Line 12 that suggested the possibility of a failure like the one on Monday night.
Serranía said Tuesday that the line received a “very rigorous” daily inspection. It was also revised in June 2020 after a strong earthquake that did not leave significant damage to the city, he added. A 2017 municipal report identified significant damage to a section of the line, after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that year.
Responsible parties must be identified
The secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor of Mexico City between 2006 and 2012, when the line was built, also received criticism. Widely regarded as the possible successor to the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ebrard said those responsible should be identified, adding that he would collaborate with authorities.
Although it could take months to determine what caused the accident, and even more so to identify a culprit, the families of many victims faced immediate needs caused by the loss of their heads of household.
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