Dozens tumble as Mexican pedestrian bridge collapses during opening ceremony | Mexico

The mayor of the Mexican city of Cuernavaca was proudly inaugurating a pedestrian bridge over a scenic stream on Tuesday when the bridge collapsed, plunging him and about two dozen other people into a trench.

The suspension bridge of wooden planks and metal chains was recently renovated. Video of the collapse suggested the planks were separated from the chains supporting them.

Major Jose Luis Uriostegui.
Major Jose Luis Uriostegui. Photo: Jose Luis Uriostegui Salgado/Facebook

Local officials, including city councilors, fell on rocks and boulders for about 3 meters in the stream bed.

Cuauhtémoc Blanco, the governor of Morelos state, where Cuernavaca is located, said Mayor Jose Luis Urióstegui’s wife and reporters were on the bridge when it fell.

The head of the state civil defense office, Enrique Clemente, told the Milenio television station that about eight people had been injured, many with broken bones. The mayor was not listed as one of the seriously injured.

The crowds of officials and journalists on the bridge during the inauguration may have exceeded planned capacity.

Mayor of Cuernavaca, José Luis Uriostegui, and his wife fall during the reopening of the Rivereño pass in Amanalco, the suspension bridge broke, councilors and the trustee are also injured
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Just south of Mexico City, Cuernavaca has long been a weekend getaway for residents of the capital because of its abundance of water and mild climate.

The walkway was part of a river walk along one of the city’s many streams. Cuernavaca has experienced explosive growth and has largely ignored or polluted many of its waterways. The riverwalk was intended to be part of a revival of the city’s natural attractions.

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