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A series of roadway cracks leads to full highway collapse in Michoacán

Santa Casilda, Michoacán — State Civil Protection were on site Saturday morning after a large section of the Siglo XXI highway collapsed. The collapse was recorded along a roadway that leads from Santa Casilda in the state of Michoacán.

Investigating authorities deemed the collapse, which started as a series of cracks, was now 150 meters in length and of an “incalculable depth”. The cracks began on May 16, and although the Ministry of Communications and Transportation reported that it would begin repair work in the area, reports say the cracks were not repaired. Now, a section of road has fully collapsed.

Specialists indicate that soil erosion generated by the Francisco J. Múgica dam is likely responsible for the break. Work crews have begun repairs, which the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) in Michoacán says is expected to last between 10 and 15 days.