Mexico announces three days of mourning for subway disaster

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared Tuesday evening, May 4, three days of national mourning in connection with the metro disaster in the capital. The decree in question was published in the country’s official government print edition, Diario Oficial de la Federacion.

“Three days of national mourning are declared due to the tragedy on Line 12… of the Mexico City subway on May 3,” the document reads.

On the same day, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that the branch of the capital’s subway where the tragedy occurred is closed indefinitely.

The collapse happened on May 3 at 22:25 local time on metro line 12, near the Olivos and Tesonco stations in the southeastern part of the city.

The collapse caused two cars to collapse from a height of about 10 meters onto the roadway. At least 23 people were killed and 79 injured were hospitalized.

Causes of the accident are being established by law enforcement authorities. An inspection has been organized on the fact of the incident.

On May 4, Mexico City authorities completed the operation to lift and move the two fallen cars.