MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mayor of the Mexican metropolis of Cuernavaca was proudly inaugurating a footbridge over a scenic stream Tuesday when the span collapsed, sending him and about two dozen different folks plunging right into a gully.
The hanging bridge manufactured from picket boards and steel chains had just lately been reworked. Video of the collapse instructed the boards separated from the chains supporting them.
Native officers, together with metropolis council members, fell about 10 ft (3 meters) onto rocks and boulders within the streambed.
Mayor José Luis Urióstegui later mentioned that among the folks accompanying him on the inaugural stroll had been leaping on the bridge, maybe in an try to make it sway.
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“There have been lots of people leaping. That was reckless,” Urióstegui mentioned.
The crush of officers and journalists on the bridge additionally could have exceeded its deliberate capability, the mayor mentioned.
“There have been extra of us than there ought to have been there,” he mentioned.
The Cuernavaca metropolis authorities mentioned in a press release that 4 metropolis council members, two different metropolis officers and a neighborhood reporter have been injured and needed to be extracted on stretchers from the gully and have been taken to native hospitals.
Urióstegui mentioned not one of the accidents have been vital, and the worst concerned a damaged bone or a blow to the top.
Urióstegui himself was taken to a hospital with “gentle accidents,” however later spoke to reporters exterior.
The Morelos state authorities mentioned the hanging footbridge was not included in a $340,000 riverwalk building program that began in 2021 and should have existed previous to that.
Cuernavaca, positioned simply south of Mexico Metropolis, has lengthy been a weekend getaway for capital residents as a consequence of its abundance of water and balmy local weather.
The footbridge was a part of a river stroll alongside one of many metropolis’s many streams. Cuernavaca has undergone explosive progress and has largely ignored or polluted a lot of its waterways. The river stroll was meant to be a part of a revival of the town’s pure points of interest.