Anger mounts as death toll from Mexico metro overpass collapse rises to 24

Anger mounts as death toll from Mexico metro overpass collapse rises to 24

Anger mounts as death toll from Mexico metro overpass collapse rises to 24 Photo

The death toll from the collapse of an overpass on the Mexico City metro has climbed to 24, as crews worked to clear the wreckage – and anger grew over the latest in a string of catastrophes to hit one of the world’s largest mass transit systems.

Officials refused to speculate on the cause the disaster which sent two carriages crashing into passing traffic on the street below on Monday night. The city’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, promised a thorough investigation by an outside firm and the federal prosecutor’s office – though she stood by the embattled director of the metro, Florencia Serranía.

“We’re going to get to the truth. We’re not going to cover anything up. This is the request we’re making to the prosecutor’s office. There will be accountability,” she said at a tense press conference on Tuesday.

“There’s no impunity for anyone,” he told reporters. López Obrador is a former mayor of Mexico’s capital and it has been governed by him and his allies since 2000.

Footage from security cameras showed the overpass collapsing on to a busy street about 10.30pm on Monday night, leaving one of the wagons dangling precariously.

“We only heard a thunderous noise and everything started coming apart,” a survivor identifying herself as Mariana told the newspaper El Universal. “We were sent flying and hit the ceiling.”

Bystanders and passersby rushed to pull survivors from the wreck. Adolfo Ángel Ibarra, 21, was travelling on a small bus when he heard the roar of collapsing concrete and turned around to see a cloud of dust.

Running to the scene he and other bystanders forced open the door and pulled stunned survivors from the wreckage. “I was scared, but I also felt like a hero. I felt like someone who was needed,” Ibarra said from the scene near the Los Olivos metro station.

One mother identified as Marisol Tapía interrupted a press conference held on Tuesday morning by an opposition party at the scene of the crash to demand answers.

“We’ve searched all night and nobody knows where he is,” Tapía wailed as she pressed for an answer on the whereabouts of her son Giovani Hernández Tapía, 13.

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