MADRID, 5 May. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The leader of the National Union of Workers of the Mexico City Metro, Fernando Espino Arévalo, has accused the authorities of ignoring the complaints presented about failures and problems in the section of track of line 12, which has suffered a collapse and has left at least 25 dead and dozens injured.
As he explained, since 2012 the authorities have been informed of various failures on line 12, mainly on the elevated viaduct, where there were “knocking, vibration and wear of the rails”, according to information from the newspaper ‘El Universal’ . However, the authorities would have ignored them.
Homero Zavala, general secretary of the Mexican union, has stated that the work presented structural damage that increased after the earthquake of September 2017. In addition, subsidence and water leaks occurred in the area.
In this sense, several neighbors have indicated that the infrastructure seemed “fragile” and that the platform “shook” when the convoy arrived from the opposite side. For her part, the director of the Collective Transport System (STC), Florencia Serranía, has indicated that there have been no reports or indications of this type of failure on line 12.
The Mexico City Metro maintains that there have been no structural failures and has reiterated that they are awaiting the work of the experts and the conclusions of the investigations.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has insisted that the government will do “everything that the head of government (Claudia Sheinbaum) sees fit” and has decreed three days of mourning for the tragedy.
In addition, he has reported that the US Vice President, Kamala Harris, will visit Mexico next month after the elections. “Yes, he will be in Mexico, I think on June 8,” he asserted during a press conference.
The Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor of the city when the affected stretch of road was built, has assured that “those who act with integrity should not fear anything.” “He who owes nothing, fears nothing,” he asserted.