Mayor of the city of Cuernavaca of Mexico – Mr. José Luis Urióstegui – inaugurated a pedestrian bridge over a stream on June 6. However, the bridge collapsed at that moment, causing him and about 20 others to plunge down.
The suspension bridge made of wooden planks and metal chains was recently remodeled. Local officials, including city council members, fell from a height of about 3m into the rocky stream bed below.
Cuauhtémoc Blanco, governor of Morelos state, where the city of Cuernavaca is located, said the wife of Mayor José Luis Urióstegui and reporters were on the bridge at the time of the accident.
The Cuernavaca city government issued a statement confirming that four city council members, two other city officials and several local reporters were injured and had to be evacuated on stretchers and taken to a local hospital. There was no immediate information on the condition of the injured.
Mayor José Luis Urióstegui was taken to the hospital. He was “slightly injured and out of danger”.
According to The Guardian, the weight of officials and journalists on the bridge during the opening ceremony may have exceeded the allowable load, leading to the bridge collapse.
The city of Cuernavaca, located just south of Mexico City. This is considered a weekend getaway for the people of the capital because of its abundant water source and mild climate.
The recently collapsed pedestrian bridge is part of a walking path along one of the city’s many streams to reach the city’s natural attractions.