Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated on Tuesday that 21 victims had been located dead at the scene of the accident, and 3 other individuals had died right after remaining taken to hospitals. Authorities launched the names of much more than 70 injured individuals taken to neighborhood hospitals.
But for some, the search for their loved ones was just starting.
“I’m searching for my son,” Marisol Tapia told reporters at the scene of the accident by way of sobs. “I can not discover him anyplace, in any of the ambulances.”
Hrs later on, her 13-yr-outdated son, Brandon Giovani Hernández Tapia, was nonetheless missing: Ms. Tapia and her mom had been rising desperate, uncertain if he was dead or alive.
“I went to all the hospitals and they say he’s not there,” she told reporters gathered back at the crash web site later on on Tuesday morning for a information conference with opposition politicians. “The metro wasn’t created on its very own — this flaw has been there for a lengthy time and no a single did anything at all.”
On social media, households searched for any scrap of information about missing individuals. Facts of people injured started to emerge, but the dead remained unnamed. 4 bodies had been trapped within a single of the train carriages, in accordance to Ms. Sheinbaum.
“All the help will be provided to the victims,” Ms. Sheinbaum stated through a morning information conference. “Our solidarity with all the loved ones members who misplaced an individual.”
A complete of 79 injured individuals had been taken to hospitals, in accordance to Ms. Sheinbaum, 3 of whom later on died. Amongst people hospitalized had been 3 minors and 3 elderly individuals.
Some witnesses to the occasion had been also injured.
“I was going to my mother’s property and a massive stone fell on me,” Esmeralda Serrano, 21, who lives in a community close to exactly where the crash occurred, advised El País, a Spanish-language newspaper.
Late on Tuesday morning, cries for support to discover the missing had been nonetheless pouring onto social media, when the hashtag #NosFaltan23 or ‘We’re missing 23’ grew to become a rallying cry.
“Friends I have to have your support, we can not discover her (Nancy Lezama Salgado),” wrote a single consumer on Twitter. “She was also on the subway, we’ve only located her sister, please share.”
Government officials, like people who had been concerned in the fatal subway line’s building and upkeep, sent their condolences to the households of the victims.
“It is the most horrible accident we have ever had,” stated Marcelo Ebrard, the country’s foreign minister who was mayor when the now-collapsed line was initial created, at a information conference. “A really unhappy day for Mexico City, for all people.”