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Prosecutors in Mexico to face criminal charges over construction defects that caused subway collapse

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Mexico City prosecutors will file criminal charges against ‘various people and companies’ for design and construction flaws that caused deadly subway line collapse

  • In May, an overground subway in Mexico City collapsed, killing 26 people
  • The city’s attorney general said construction flaws caused the collapse
  • She has not yet identified who will be charged with murder










Prosecutors in Mexico City want criminal charges against companies and individuals for the construction and design flaws that caused an elevated subway line to collapse in May, killing 26 people.

Ernestina Godoy, the city’s attorney general, said investigations found that construction flaws such as poor welds and missing connecting bolts caused the collapse. She said bad design also played a part.

Ms Godoy has not identified any individuals who will be charged with manslaughter, causing injury and damage.

Mexico City prosecutors seek criminal charges against companies and individuals for the construction and design flaws that caused an elevated subway line to collapse in May

An aerial view shows the scene of a subway train accident after a viaduct partially collapsed

An aerial view shows the scene of a subway train accident after a viaduct partially collapsed

The subway car was left dangling in the air after the crash that killed 26 people in Mexico in May

The subway car was left dangling in the air after the crash that killed 26 people in Mexico in May

But in the case of the companies involved, Ms Godoy said the aim of the criminal charges will be to make them pay for or repair damage to both the subway and the victims.

Criminal prosecution of individuals can lead to prison terms.

The results of the prosecutors’ report are similar to the conclusions presented by private Norwegian certification company DNV in September.

Both reports mentioned poorly welded, poorly placed and completely missing studs intended to connect steel girders to a concrete layer carrying the track bed.

But prosecutors also cited poor welds in steel beams that lay beneath the concrete track bed that either failed to bond or split.

Rescuers transport an injured man on a stretcher near Olivos station in southeastern Mexico City

Rescuers transport an injured man on a stretcher near Olivos station in southeastern Mexico City

A trailer removes one of the train cars that crashed after the train viaduct collapsed

A trailer removes one of the train cars that crashed after the train viaduct collapsed

A car is seen crushed under the collapsed viaduct

A car is seen crushed under the collapsed viaduct

Cable wires were placed on a train car (left) to prevent it from crashing to the ground while another car (right) dangles from the track

Cable wires were placed on a train car (left) to prevent it from crashing to the ground while another car (right) dangles from the track

Steel struts intended to stiffen the metal beams were too short or not properly secured, and the raised line was not designed with a sufficient margin of safety.

The defects distorted the railway’s framework, leading to “fatigue cracks” that reduced the structure’s ability to support its weight.

The $1.3 billion (£949 million) Line 12 of Mexico City’s metro system was built between 2010 and 2012 when current Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was the capital’s mayor.

Ebrard is seen as one of the likely contenders to succeed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Ernestina Godoy, the city's attorney general, said investigations found that construction flaws such as poor welds and missing connecting bolts caused the collapse.

Ernestina Godoy, the city’s attorney general, said investigations found that construction flaws such as poor welds and missing connecting bolts caused the collapse.

Emergency workers rushed to the site, in southeastern Mexico City, but were temporarily canceled after warnings that the train is unstable and could collapse further

Emergency workers rushed to the site, in southeastern Mexico City, but were temporarily canceled after warnings that the train is unstable and could collapse further

Rescue workers carry a body under a train that collapsed on a highway in Mexico City

Rescue workers carry a body under a train that collapsed on a highway in Mexico City

The project was plagued with cost overruns and alleged design flaws, as well as alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.

The city had to close the line in 2014, just 17 months after its inauguration, so that the tracks could be replaced or repaired. The collapsed section has been closed since May.

Some companies involved in the original construction have since claimed that heavier ballast and other changes and repairs over the years may have added too much weight to the elevated line, or that it may have been weakened by Mexico City’s frequent earthquakes. .

‘They killed him’: Mother of 12-year-old boy who died on Mexico City subway blames officials for ‘flawed’ structure as she learns his fate after hectic hours spent searching for her son

Brandon Tapia was traveling with his father on the train when the overhead rail collapsed, causing two carriages to crash into the busy road below

Brandon Tapia was traveling with his father on the train when the overhead rail collapsed, causing two carriages to crash into the busy road below

Brandon Tapia was on the train with his father when the top rail collapsed, causing two carriages to crash into the busy road below in May.

Brandon’s mother Marisol Tapia, 28, who made desperate pleas to local TV crews for help finding her son, his body was shown in a morgue in the city.

“Nothing will give me my son back. Nothing will return him. They killed him,” Ms Tapia told reporters outside the prosecutor’s office.

Ms Tapia had spent frantic hours searching for her son in hospitals across the city and rushed to the scene of the accident after turning on the news.

“I’m looking for my son,” Ms. Tapia told reporters at the scene. “I can’t find him anywhere, in any of the ambulances.”

Marisol Tapia is pictured in the photo learning the news that her son was one of the 24 dead

Marisol Tapia is pictured in the photo learning the news that her son was one of the 24 dead

The boy was traveling with his father on the subway when the line collapsed

The boy was on the subway with his father when the line collapsed

The boy was traveling with his father on the subway when the line collapsed

Marisol Tapia told Azteca TV that her son, Brandon Hernández, 12, had called her to say he was on his way home.  She had visited at least eight hospitals in Mexico City looking for her child

Marisol Tapia told Azteca TV that her son, Brandon Hernández, 12, had called her to say he was on his way home. She had visited at least eight hospitals in Mexico City looking for her child

The desperate mother was forced to return to the crash site the next morning to request information as officials held a press conference.

“I’ve been to all the hospitals and they say he’s not there,” Ms Tapia said, sobbing as local politicians looked on. “The subway wasn’t built on its own — this flaw has been around for a long time and no one has done anything about it.”

Outside the prosecutor’s office, she was asked what support the authorities gave.

Ms Tapia said, ‘What support can they give you if they never supported you from the start? What is the government going to do now to wash its hands?’

She remembered how she and her boy had plans for May 10, Mother’s Day in Mexico.

‘We were supposed to go for a walk that day. And now I’m going to bury him,” she added.

Ms Tapia shows photos of her son to TV crews at the accident site

Ms Tapia shows photos of her son to TV crews at the accident site

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