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23 dead in Mexico City metro overpass collapse, at least 70 injured

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials say an elevated section of Mexico City's metro collapsed and at least 23 people have been killed.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said people could still be trapped inside the train, which plunged toward a busy boulevard late Monday. It was one of the deadliest accidents for the city’s subway system, which is among the busiest in the world. One subway car left was dangling, and rescuers searched it for a time.

The subway was traveling on an elevated and outdoor portion of the city's rapid transit system on the newest Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, when a portion of the overpass collapsed, Mexico's Secretariat of Risk Management and Civil Protection said.

Rescue efforts were suspended early Tuesday because of concerns for the workers' safety. A crane was brought in to help shore up the car. Officials say about 70 people were injured.

CCTV surveillance footage shows the moment of the collapse directly over a street with moving cars, followed by a cloud of dust and debris.

The incident happened at 10:25 p.m. local time, according to Mexico City's Interior Minister Alfonso Suarez Del Real.

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