26 victims in a subway accident in Mexico City: the prosecutor's office asks for 10 indictments for homicide and injuries
Sylvie Claire / October 19, 2021
The Mexico City prosecutor's office said Monday night that it would seek charges against 10 people in the investigation of the subway collapse that killed 26 people on May 3.
The General Prosecutor's Office of the capital has requested a hearing before a judge for the indictment of ten persons, both physical and moral, said its spokesman, Ulises Lara, to the press.
The ten people will be charged with homicide and injury in this first hearing scheduled for October 25, the spokesman added, without giving any names.
Among them is the former director of the Metro Project, Enrique Horcasitas Manjarrez, according to the business newspaper El Financiero, which listed the ten defendants.
The collapse of a section of the aerial metro on line 12 also injured 80 people, when a train plunged into the void after a bridge broke.
As early as June, business tycoon Carlos Slim (media, telecoms, construction), owner of the company that built most of the damaged section, had pledged to finance its reconstruction, according to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The accident was caused by a structural defect, according to the conclusions of a report carried out at the request of the municipality by the Norwegian expertise company Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
Several failures in the construction process, including problems with unfinished and/or poorly executed welds, lack of bolts in the bridge girders, as well as the use of different types of concrete in the building, were identified.