Families mourn victims of Mexico City train collapse

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Families mourn victims of Mexico City subway collapse

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MEXICO CITY — José Luis Hernández Martínez crossed Mexico City every day on train Line 12 in between his house on the city’s south side and the body store where he worked fixing mangled vehicles.

The 61-year-old’s train had actually emerged from below the city and was scrambling along the raised part far from downtown late Monday night when 2 of its brilliant orange vehicles unexpectedly fell under a space.

Hernández Martínez was eliminated quickly, his kid Luis Adrian Hernández Juarez stated, among 24 individuals who passed away in among the world’s biggest train system’s worst mishaps. More than 70 others were hurt.

“My father was recovered without vital signs, with trauma to his thorax, his brain, his feet, his knees,” Hernández Juarez stated, grasping the death certificate. He stated emergency situation workers informed him his daddy was crushed below other travelers. “It’s really terrible to see your father that way for the last time.”

Relatives of the victims respond outside the Prosecutor’s Office after a mishap where an overpass of the city partly collapsed in Mexico City on Monday.Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Hernández Juarez prepared to bury his daddy Wednesday as a string of funeral services started throughout the city of more than 9 million individuals.

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Anger and aggravation boiled amongst the victims’ households and those who ride the stretching train daily.

“No one is going to give me my father back, even if they give me 10 million pesos,” Hernández Juarez stated, while revealing issue that his mom had actually been left without an income source.

An initial evaluation recommended a failure in the horizontal assistance beams triggered the mishap, authorities stated.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum advised the general public to prevent speculation and assured a comprehensive and independent examination. Authorities anticipated to provide an initial report on the mishap Friday.

Line 12 is Mexico City’s longest and most recent, however has actually been afflicted with issues considering that it started running in 2012. At its farthest point, it brings commuters from the capital’s still semi-rural south side to tasks throughout the city. Some 220,000 riders utilize Line 12 every day.

Early targets for the general public’s ire were currently emerging, amongst them the train’s director, Florencia Serranía. Sheinbaum stated she had actually not gotten any report about issues on Line 12 that recommended the possibility of a failure like the one Monday night.

Serranía said Tuesday that the line got a “very rigorous” day-to-day examination. It was likewise evaluated in June 2020 after an earthquake that was strong however did not trigger substantial damage in the city, she stated. A city report in 2017 kept in mind substantial damage to a part of the line 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 line was built, was likewise feeling the heat. Widely deemed a possible follower to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ebrard stated those accountable must be recognized and he would make himself offered to authorities.

While conclusions on what triggered the mishap might take months and designating blame longer, numerous victims’ households were confronted with the instant requirements induced by the loss of their main income producers.

The works to eliminate the harmed train after a train overpass collapsed, eliminating 23 individuals on Monday in Mexico City, Mexico.Hector Vivas / Getty Images

Gisela Rioja likewise invested Monday night and Tuesday early morning searching the city’s health centers for info on her other half, 42-year-old Miguel Ángel Espinosa Flores, who operated in an outlet store at a shopping mall a couple of stops from where the mishap happened.

Rioja lastly discovered him Tuesday at a morgue in the Mexico City district of Iztapalapa. She explained him as a difficult employee, accountable and pleased. She and their 2 kids depended upon 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 outside local government workplaces in Iztapalapa on Tuesday afternoon waiting for the release of the body of her niece’s other half, Carlos Pineda, a 38-year-old dental expert. Pineda leaves his spouse and their 2 kids 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.”

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