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A ‘lack of mechanical fixings of screws’ reported cause of Tren Maya derailment

Mexico City, Mexico — A lack of mechanical fixings of screws or clamps, which secure the track, is the official said cause of a Maya Train derailment in March.

Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) says both Sedena and the company Tren Maya are following up on the investigation into the derailment that occurred on March 25.

The derailment happened at 9:25 a.m. in the last car known as drive cabin 2 of train D006 bound for the Cancun Airport. Sandoval said the train left the tracks about 50 meters before reaching the Tixkokob station in Yucatan.

During the Wednesday morning press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Sandoval explained that the companies Alstom and Azvindi determined the cost of damage to the Maya Train convoy and the tracks respectively.

He said a formal complaint was filed with the Federal Public Ministry, that a ruling commission was formed and the insurance policy was activated for material damages.

On Wednesday he reported that “the incident was caused by a lack of mechanical fixings of screws or clamps, which secure the track change so that the train continues its journey towards the station. Currently, this procedure is being carried out manually in four lanes in both directions.”

Sandoval reports a lack of mechanical fixings of screws or clamps as the cause of the derailment. Photo: AMLO April 3, 2024.

Last week, President López Obrador said the derailment was due to “human error”.

“There was a human error at the station. A track change was not carried out. We are looking to see if it was intentional or if it was an error on the part of those responsible for managing the tracks,” he said during his March 26 morning press conference.