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5 dead in Mexico landslide

From Brian Walker, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The landslide took place in central Mexico
  • Five people were rescued; eight are possibly buried

(CNN) -- Rescue crews in central Mexico Tuesday dug furiously through debris in search for survivors of a landslide that killed five people, a Civil Guard spokesman told CNN.

Heavy rains triggered a landslide late Monday and buried several cars as it swept across a highway near the town of Villa Guerrero.

Police think as many as eight people could be buried under tons of rock and earth. Five other people were pulled from cars smashed by the collapsed hillside, and those five -- three men and two women -- were taken to a nearby hospital in Ixtapan de la Sal.