The collision between two metro trains in Mexico City on Saturday left one dead and 57 injured, according to the latest report from the authorities, a new accident which mourns the capital's public transport network after that of May 2021 which left 26 dead.
“There are 57 injured people, some with minor injuries but who have nevertheless arrived at hospitals, and unfortunately one death,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said in a brief message to the press at the scene. the accident.
“The person who is in the most serious condition is the train driver,” she added.
The trains collided in a tunnel connecting Potrero and La Raza stations on Metro Line 3, which crosses Mexico City from north to south.
Justice has opened an investigation into the causes of the accident and Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed his condolences to the victims on Twitter.
The Mexico City Metro is regularly under fire for the lack of maintenance of the facilities. In May 2021, the collapse of a bridge as a train passed by caused the death of 26 people and injured a hundred.
The same year, a fire at a metro checkpoint poisoned 30 people. In 2020, two trains that had already collided at Tacubaya station left one dead and 41 injured.
Inaugurated in 1969, the Mexico City metro has 12 lines and 195 stations for 226 kilometers of track. In 2021, it had carried 837 million passengers.