The Government of the Mexico City will request an international expert opinion to find out the causes of the tragic accident in the capital’s metro that has left 23 dead after a bridge on line 12 collapsed.
“We also inform that the Attorney General’s Office must carry out an expert opinion that began last night, but we are also looking for an international company with a certificate in both metro and structural matters to carry out an external technical expert opinion and be able to reach the causes of this unfortunate incident”, Declared the mayor of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum.
At the daily press conference at the National Palace, Sheinbaum He explained that so far the figure is 23 dead and 79 hospitalized, the same data that was released a few hours ago.
Of the 23 deceased, two lost their lives in hospitals.
Four of the deceased are still inside the collapsed train due to the difficulties of rescuing the bodies.
Among those hospitalized, there are 19 women and 60 men. Three are minors and three are older.
He explained that 490 buses are working today in the area to offer mobility to users of this metro line.
Questioned by the press, Sheinbaum he insisted on several occasions that the expert opinions will help to find out “What happened”.
“My position is that we must get to the truth of the causes of this unfortunate incident and that for this we need experts from both the Attorney General’s Office and an external and impartial entity that does the expert opinion and all the studies.”, He stressed.
General view of the collapse of some subway cars in Mexico City (Mexico). (EFE / Carlos Ramírez). (Carlos Ramírez /)
Line 12 has been surrounded by controversy since its inception.
It ended on October 30, 2012, when the current Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, was mayor of the capital, then the Federal District.
But it was closed in March 2014 due to failures and reopened from October to November (in several sections) in 2015.
Asked today by the press, Ebrard described the incident as the most “terrible”Suffered in the subway and sympathized with the victims.
“I share the outrage that there is, I celebrate the position that the head of government has, which is essentially to clarify what happened and secondly when you clarify what happened with evidence, with elements, because to establish what responsibilities there are, who has responsibility and who acted in consequence, no matter who sea ”, he stressed.
He recalled that the work was “delivered“Definitely in July 2013, after a”revision”Of seven months.
“Beyond these and other data, then tell you that he who acts with integrity should not fear anything, he who owes nothing, fear nothing. But I am subject, like everyone else, but more as a high official and as the one who promoted the construction of the line, I am subject to what the authorities determine”, He concluded.
The accident occurred at around 10.20pm local time between the Olivos and Tezonco stations.
In a video of the cameras of the surveillance system of the Government of the City of Mexico It is observed how the elevated structure breaks when the train passes by, which collapses from a height of about 20 meters, and two wagons of the convoy are left in “V”And impacted with the floor.
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