On the evening of September 14, an elevator inside the Gran Sur shopping mall in the Coyoacán district plummeted, leading to the tragic death of an elderly woman and the injury of a 70-year-old man. As witnesses to Foro TV reported, a loud crash echoed through the mall as the elevator gave way, leading to an immediate flurry of emergency response.
Eyewitness accounts to Foro TV described the heart-stopping moment when a loud crash reverberated throughout the mall. The elevator, which connects the Soriana store to the offices of the CDMX Treasury, was said to be positioned near the government offices when the catastrophe struck.
There are speculations that one of the victims had visited the mall to make a vehicular plate payment at the Treasury. Disturbingly, there are unconfirmed reports that the 85-year-old woman who tragically lost her life might have been pinned by the elevator’s mechanism when it malfunctioned and crashed from the first floor.
Emergency Response and Investigation
The Mexico City Fire Department, through their official social media accounts, announced their involvement in the rescue operations. In a brief statement, they confirmed, “We are working on a fallen elevator inside a shopping mall on Avenida Periférico, Pedregal de Carrasco neighborhood. We report that one person was injured and is now being treated by paramedics. We continue working.”
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Upon the incident’s occurrence, the entrance to the mall was swiftly locked to secure the area. This move inadvertently delayed the Fire Department’s arrival for a few minutes.
The Aftermath and Public Reaction
Forensics experts from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office (FGJ-CDMX) were dispatched to the scene to gather initial evidence and shed light on the day’s tragic events. The injured man received immediate medical attention upon the arrival of emergency services, while the elderly woman, sadly, showed no signs of life by the time paramedics reached her.
The gravity of the accident and its unfortunate consequences led to an outpouring of concern and demands for a thorough investigation into the incident’s cause. With the bustling scene now comprising police mobilization, members of the Red Cross, the Rescue and Medical Emergencies Squadron (ERUM), and the Fire Department, the Coyoacán district is grappling with a tragedy that will long be remembered.