In Mexico City, the subway known as TheGolden Line has been a popular way for 435 thousand people to travel daily for over eight years according to the Metro Service.
But on May 3, 2021, at 10 PM, the subway line collapsed and resulted in 26 deaths, 91 injured (28 of them remain hospitalized), and another person is missing as of this writing. Reports are that the conditions of the subway’s structure had always compromised the safety of its thousands of passengers. In fact, there have been ongoing concerns about the subway after several prior accidents have occurred over the years and a 2017 earthquake.
There has been speculation that government officials failed to take action despite having prior knowledge. Many locals question if legislators from the ruling party, Morena, voted against the commission’s mandate to investigate the accident; it is essential to note that since the election season is approaching, political parties’ and prospective candidate’ agendas are now in question given that they are making appearances at the crash site to seemly express their sincere concerns.
The fact is, tragedies in Mexico are seen as an opportunity for those in government and for those who strive for some form of higher ranking to make promises that sound absolute and enticing to gain votes but nothing else. Regardless, negligence and corruption by politicians and candidates have long proven that the general population—especially the poor and underprivileged—sufferer the most.
To me, the collapse of The Golden Line meant 26 lost lives, 91 injured, and one person missing, which have left dozens of their families to suffer unnecessarily. Many are forced to say goodbye to their loved ones and will have to contend with bitterness, grief, pain, and suffering, knowing that the government’s negligence caused havoc for senseless reasons.