Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Tuesday that 21 victims had been found dead at the scene of the accident, and three others had died after being taken to hospitals. Authorities released the names of more than 70 injured people taken to local hospitals.
But for some, the search for their loved ones was just beginning.
“I’m looking for my son,” Marisol Tapia told reporters at the scene of the accident through sobs. “I can’t find him anywhere, in any of the ambulances.”
Hours later, her 13-year-old son, Brandon Giovani Hernández Tapia, was still missing: Ms. Tapia and her mother were growing desperate, unsure 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 site later on Tuesday morning for a news conference with opposition politicians. “The metro wasn’t built on its own — this flaw has been there for a long time and no one did anything.”
told El País, a Spanish-language newspaper.
Late on Tuesday morning, cries for help to find the missing were still pouring onto social media, while the hashtag #NosFaltan23 or ‘We’re missing 23’ became a rallying cry.
on Twitter. “She was also on the subway, we’ve only found her sister, please share.”
Government officials, including those who were involved in the fatal subway line’s construction and maintenance, sent their condolences to the families of the victims.
“It is the most terrible accident we have ever had,” said Marcelo Ebrard, the country’s foreign minister who was mayor when the now-collapsed line was first built, at a news conference. “A very sad day for Mexico City, for everyone.”