Death toll in Mexico City train wreck up to 23, nearly 70 hurt

The death toll from the Mexico City elevated metro train derailment has risen to at least 23, with about 70 injured – as rescue efforts were suspended Tuesday amid fears that a dangling car might come crashing down.

“Unfortunately there are 23 deceased,” including minors, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters at the scene in the south of the capital, according to Agence France-Presse.

She said first-responders don’t know if people trapped inside the teetering car are alive following one of the deadliest accidents in the city’s subway system, among the busiest in the world.

Sheinbaum said earlier that someone had been pulled alive from a car that was trapped on the road below, adding that 49 of the injured were hospitalized, and that seven were undergoing surgery.