Mexico says it will severely ‘punish’ whoever was responsible for an overpass collapse that killed at least twenty-four people and injured seventy-nine others in the capital.
The accident occurred on Tuesday evening when a train on Mexico City’s newest metro line plunged onto a busy road below.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador demanded the investigation be carried out quickly, saying nothing should be hidden from the public.
“There’s no impunity for anyone,” Mr. Lopez Obrador told a news conference.
The crash has raised questions about safety on one of the world’s busiest metro systems, which spreads across an urban sprawl home to over 20 million people.
Mexico city, the national capital, has been governed since the turn of the century by former mayor Lopez Obrador and his allies.
Reuters reported that firefighters using heavy chains to stabilize the site pulled bodies and survivors from the wreckage. Some 79 people were injured, including three children, it quoted City authorities as saying.
Online video footages showed the moment when the overpass plummeted onto a stream of cars near the Olivos station in the southeast of the city at around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday, sending up clouds of dust and sparks.
Tuesday’s mishap was the second serious accident this year, after a fire at a central control building knocked out service on several lines for weeks.
A recent Reuters report said the overpass that collapsed was part of Linea 12, an addition to the network finished less than a decade ago and long plagued by allegations of corruption.