Mexico City disaster: metroviaduct collapses, cars buried

A metroviaduct in Mexico City has collapsed and subway wagons have fallen down. According to local authorities, there have been at least 20 deaths and about 50 people have been injured.

The disaster metro is the youngest metro line in the Mexican capital, which was completed less than ten years ago, and has been plagued by construction defects from the outset. Grupo Carso, a company owned by telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, was one of the builders.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Twitter that shes on her way to the scene of the accident. Video footage of Milenio TV shows the collapsed overpass, which partly ended up on cars on a road underneath. Another video shows how emergency services are looking for survivors on the spot.

Golden Line

The accident took place in the southwest of the city on metro line 12, nicknamed the golden line, which was only completed in 2012. At the time mayor, and the current Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard had the 24 kilometer line built at the time for over one billion euros.

Two years after the opening, in October 2014, the first part of the route was already closed due to construction problems. A year later, the route was opened again. Last night at the end of the rush hour, a full subway train went down the overpass.

In 2017, a Mexican court sentenced the construction consortium of the Mexican companies ICA and Carso and French Alstom to fine 82 million euros for delays and damages in 2017. More than 100 million people travel per year on the relevant metro line.