5 May 2021

Dozens killed in Mexico subway disaster

From Morning Report, 6:48 am on 5 May 2021

As Mexico reels from a subway disaster, some have pointed to mismanagement and corruption as causing the deady collapse. At least 23 people died and dozens more injured in Mexico City when an elevated section of a metro line collapsed and sent a train plunging toward a busy boulevard on Tuesday afternoon (NZT). This is one of the busiest subway systems in the world. The subway lines run underground through more central areas of the city of nine million, but then runs on elevated concrete structures on the city's outskirts. While authorities investigate what happened, Jesus Daza, a journalist who went to the scene, said it is believed the line was previously damanged in the 2017 earthquake and was not properly repaired. Daza spoke to Susie Ferguson.