September 30, 2022
Mexican footbridge collapses during inaugural walk by mayor

Mexican flags inside a store with souvenirs at the Terminal 2 of Cancun International Airport.On Monday, 30 April 2022, in Cancun International Airport, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The mayor of the Mexican city of Cuernavaca was proudly inaugurating a footbridge over a scenic stream Tuesday when the span collapsed, sending him and about two dozen other people plunging into a gully.

The hanging bridge made of wooden boards and metal chains had recently been remodeled. Video of the collapse suggested the boards separated from the chains supporting them.

Mayor José Luis Urióstegui later said that some of the people accompanying him on the inaugural walk had been jumping on the bridge, perhaps in an attempt to make it sway.

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