Mexico City disaster: At least 23 dead, dozens injured after metro overpass collapses onto road

An elevated section of the Mexico City metro has collapsed and sent a subway carriage plunging towards a busy road, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, city officials said.

According to the city’s mayor, 49 people have been taken to hospital after the accident.

Emergency crews and firefighters have been searching the train for survivors.

The accident happened at 10.30pm local time (4.30am UK time) on the metro's Line 12.

The mayor said a support beam gave way as the train passed over it.

More to follow.

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Mexico City firefighters and rescue personnel work to recover victims from a subway car that fell after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed May 3. Photo: Hector Vivas / Getty Images

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