Church leaders offer prayers after Mexico City rail crash

Soldiers stand guard as rescuers work at the site where an overpass for a metro partially collapsed on Monday (CNS/ Luis Cortes, Reuters)

Mexican Church leaders offered prayers for the victims of a metro line collapse that left at least 23 dead and more than 70 people injured. Source: CNS.

An elevated portion of a metro line in Mexico City collapsed at around 10.30pm local time on Monday, sending two train cars crashing onto a busy thoroughfare below and crushing at least one vehicle. Rescuers worked through the night to free trapped passengers and search for victims.

Bishop Andrés Vargas Peña of Xochimilco — which serves three southern boroughs in Mexico City — offered condolences to the victims, while announcing each priest in the diocese would celebrate Mass three times on Tuesday “for the deceased, the injured and their families.”

The bishop asked parishioners to pray for the victims and also asked diocesan priests in the affected area and hospitals treating the injured to provide spiritual support.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the cause of the tragedy remains unclear. Line 12 of Mexico City Metro, where the accident occurred, has been plagued by construction problems since being inaugurated in 2012.

Half the stations in Line 12 were closed in 2014 due to construction issues. A strong earthquake in 2017 also damaged columns on the metro line, but Ms Sheinbaum said repairs were made and inspections occur daily.

“Absolutely nothing will be hidden,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at his morning news conference yesterday. “The people have to know the complete truth.”

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Church leaders offer prayers after Mexico City metro crash (By David Agren, CNS

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