Subway train collision in Mexico City kills 1, injures 57
Two subway trains collided between two stations in Mexico City on Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring 41, authorities said.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on her Twitter account that the accident occurred on Line 3 of the capital’s subway system, without specifying the cause of the collision between the Potrero and La Raza stations.
Sheinbaum said one woman was killed and 57 people were injured, who were taken to seven hospitals. Four people were trapped in the wreckage for a time, including a train driver, who was reported to be in serious condition. Late in the afternoon, the mayor said that 26 of the injured had been released.
A subway passenger, injured when two subway trains collided, is carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance outside the Raza station in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Dozens of police and soldiers swarmed nearby subway stations as ambulances and rescue teams arrived to treat the injured.
Edgar Montiel, an electrician who was on one of the trains, said he felt lucky because he had decided at the last minute to get into the last car rather than the rearmost car, which was destroyed in the crash.
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“It looked very strong. I just closed my eyes when I felt the sheets of the car bend and I was thrown,” Montiel told The Associated Press.
A subway passenger, injured when two subway trains collided, waits to be taken to a hospital in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
He said he was left on the floor of the car with several passengers amid screams and calls for help.
“The power went out in the subway and a lot of smoke started coming out, which was suffocating us. We couldn’t breathe well,” he said.
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Montiel, who had his left arm and shoulder bandaged, said the passengers in his car had to wait about 30 minutes until medics arrived to treat the injured and help everyone out of the car.
Rescue workers inspect rail lines after two subway trains collided, in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Authorities said at least one person was killed and dozens injured in Saturday’s accident on Line 3 of the capital’s subway. . (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Complaining about the accident, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on his Twitter account that the federal government was supporting city officials dealing with the accident.
In May 2021, an elevated section of the subway system collapsed, killing 26 and injuring nearly 100 people. An investigation blamed the structural failure on deficiencies in the construction process, and 10 former officials have been charged with murder, wounding and property damage.
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Mexico City’s subway system has 226.5 kilometers (141 miles) of track and 195 stations. It serves an average of 4.6 million passengers every day.