May 4, 2021

What We Know About the Mexico City Train Crash

By The New York Times Mike Ives

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The derailment occurred at a station in the city’s southeast, the authorities said.

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  1. Here’s what we know about the Mexico City train crash.
  2. Mexico City Train Crashes After Overpass Collapses, Killing at Least 13
  3. Subway Train Derails in Mexico City, Killing at Least 13
  4. Subway Train Derails in Mexico City; Scores Are Injured, Reports Say

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- A subway train derailed on Monday night in Mexico City after a concrete overpass partly collapsed, killing at least 13 people and injuring scores of others, the government said.
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+ Follow the latest on the train crash in Mexico City.
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- The derailment occurred on Line 12 of the subway system at the Olivos Station in southeast Mexico City, Mexico’s civil protection agency said in a post on Twitter.
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+ A subway overpass collapsed on Monday night in Mexico City, sending the cars of a passenger train plunging to the ground and killing at least 24 people, including children, the city’s mayor said. At least 70 others were transported to hospitals with injuries.
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- Initial photos from the site showed tilted train cars, tangled wires and twisted metal. Videos of the derailment released by the government showed at least one orange-and-yellow subway car hanging from an overpass.
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+ Here’s what we know about what happened:
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- Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television host in Mexico City, tweeted a video of rescue personnel rescuing injured passengers from a tilted subway car by helping them down from ladders.
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+ A rail overpass collapsed.
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- Claudia Sheinbaum, the city’s mayor, said that she was at the site supporting rescue personnel.
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+ The crash occurred at 10:22 p.m. on one of the city’s newest stretches of track, Line 12, which was inaugurated in 2012. Local residents had expressed concern about the structural integrity of the overpass, including cracks in the concrete, after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of the city in September 2017.
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- The crash occurred about 10:25 p.m. and sent emergency teams scrambling to the scene, La Jornada newspaper reported. The government announced the death toll and said 70 others were injured in a post on Twitter just before midnight.
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+ Local officials did not address specific concerns in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s accident, but Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that maintenance was carried out on the train line every day. The system as a whole has been plagued by problems in recent years.
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- Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, warned residents to avoid the area.
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+ “At this moment, we can’t speculate about what happened,” Ms. Sheinbaum told reporters early Tuesday. “There has to be a deep investigation, and whoever is responsible has to be held responsible.”
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+ By sunrise on Tuesday, the search for survivors had largely turned into a recovery operation, with four of the victims’ bodies still trapped in the wreckage, according to government officials.
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+ “It is sad news,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico. “We send our condolences to the families of the victims of this accident.”
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+ Photos and videos of the crash released by the government showed at least one orange-and-yellow subway car hanging from an overpass. An eight-second video that captured the collapse showed automobile traffic flowing on either side of the suspended bridge. Suddenly, it cracks and buckles in a burst of concrete and sparks, falling between the lanes of vehicles.
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+ Rescuers rushed to the scene.
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+ After the collapse, a crane was holding one car in the air as emergency workers checked to see if any passengers remained trapped.
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+ Carlos Zúñiga Pérez, a television host in Mexico City, tweeted a video of emergency medical workers rescuing injured passengers from a tilted subway car by helping them down from ladders.
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+ Ambulances, firefighters, the military and Mexico’s forensic department came and went from the scene while a helicopter hovered overhead.
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+ Mexico City Metro, officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, warned residents to avoid the area. Ms. Sheinbaum said that she was at the site supporting rescue personnel and that minors were among the dead. At least 70 were transported to hospitals with injuries.
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+ Enrique Bonilla, 57, a passenger on the train, told the television network Televisa that people had fallen on top of one another and that he was able to grab onto a pole and escape through a broken window.
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+ It was all over in seconds, Mr. Bonilla added. “Thank God I came out alive.”
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+ Mexico City’s subway has faced problems.
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  The subway system in Mexico City, the country’s sprawling capital, handles more than four million passengers a day. It is the second-largest in the Americas, after the one in New York City.
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- In March 2020, one man was killed and at least 41 others were injured when two subway trains collided in Mexico City. Ms. Sheinbaum said at the time that one of the trains had apparently backed into the other by accident.
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+ When the system was inaugurated in 1969, it was the pride of Mexico, but in recent years it has become a symbol of urban decay.
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+ There was concern over the integrity of the elevated tracks and support columns on the stretch of tracks where Monday’s accident occurred after a powerful earthquake hit Mexico in September 2017.
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+ The elevated infrastructure on the subway line — known as Line 12, or the Golden Line — was damaged in that quake, El Universal newspaper reported.
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+ Some local residents later told El Universal that they feared that the damaged infrastructure might collapse. The newspaper reported at the time that a column between the Olivos and Nopalera stations had suffered structural damage.

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  • What We Know About the Mexico City Train Crash
  • Here’s what we know about the Mexico City train crash.
  • Mexico City Train Crashes After Overpass Collapses, Killing at Least 13
  • Subway Train Derails in Mexico City, Killing at Least 13
  • Subway Train Derails in Mexico City; Scores Are Injured, Reports Say

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  • Mexico City Train Crash (May 2021)
  • Railroad Accidents and Safety
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