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Mexico City’s Government Plans External Investigation After Subway Train Wreck

MEXICO CITY — The derailment of a  subway train in Mexico City as a result of a collapsing bridge on Monday night has left at least 23 people dead and more than 70 injured. The city’s government plans an investigation amidst accusations of negligence and despotism. 

Flags are flying at half staff in Mexico City, where Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says an external auditor will investigate the causes of the tragedy.  

The city's subway system has recently presented multiple failures, allegedly due to lack of maintenance. Members of the subway’s union are calling for a strike.

Florencia Serranía, the Metro’s director, said she will work with the investigators, and says a contractor is responsible for maintenance.

The union claims Serranía knew that the fallen bridge was compromised, and are calling for her resignation.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador didn't provide any statements about the incident until this morning, saying that the city's government has his full support, while accusing journalists of attacking his government. 

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.