“They found his cell phone”: desperate searches after the collapse of the Mexico subway

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An overpass and a practice collapsed on a busy freeway in Mexico

Mexico City:

Samuel Del Aguila’s son was driving dwelling from his job at the Mexico City airport Monday night time when his household noticed the first information a couple of lethal subway practice accident.

When Immer, 29, didn’t come dwelling at the regular time, his household turned involved and started calling his telephone repeatedly.

Hours later, there was lastly a solution, however the voice on the different finish was not Immer.

“They found his cell phone,” Del Aguila mentioned. The stranger on the line didn’t know Immer, his whereabouts or if he was injured.

Del Aguila, 70, and different relations searched close by hospitals for Immer however couldn’t discover him. With heavy hearts, they lastly made their strategy to the prosecutor’s workplace, the place the our bodies of the victims of the practice accident had been transported and ready for the worst.

“They told us to come here to see if he was with those who did not survive. And sadly yes,” Del Águila mentioned, sobbing softly.

Del Águila’s household was one of many who endured agonizing searches and lengthy waits for details about their loved ones after a subway overpass collapsed and a practice hurtled down a busy avenue in southeast Mexico City. Monday night time, killing at the least 24 individuals and wounding 79 others.

Relatives of the victims standing in entrance of metropolis hospitals and the prosecutor’s workplace described an evening of chaos and concern as they desperately tried to contact kin who had been on the practice. Some had been nonetheless lacking Tuesday afternoon.

Jorge Hernández additionally discovered that his 28-year-old nephew Daniel was significantly injured in the accident when a girl he didn’t know known as from his telephone.

“A lady found her phone … and it was the lady who contacted my brother last night,” Hernández mentioned.

Daniel underwent belly surgical procedure and was later airlifted to a different hospital, all whereas Hernández and different relations pleaded for info on his whereabouts.

“This is not the time for this bureaucracy,” Hernández mentioned.

Many of those that spoke to Reuters blamed shoddy building and political corruption for the collapse.

The overpass that collapsed was half of Line 12, an addition to the metro community that was accomplished lower than a decade in the past and plagued with allegations of structural weak point for a very long time.

“We are used, sadly. Politicians are used to investing 35% and stealing 65%. It is sad to see money being stolen,” Hernández mentioned.

In a press convention Tuesday with officers concerned in the building and upkeep of the collapsed subway line, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned that Mexico will punish these answerable for the accident and that an investigation should be carried out shortly and transparently. .

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