Rope Bridge Collapses Injuring Cuernavaca Mayor, Entourage

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The mayor of Cuernavaca, Morelos, a tourist town just one hour southwest of Mexico City, was injured, along with his wife and several other people, when a wooden suspension bridge collapsed on Tuesday, June 7.

According to local authorities, José Luis Urióstegui Salgado, his wife Luz María Zagal, four municipal aldermen and a city trustee were injured when the Paseo Ribereño bridge collapsed during a reopening event of the Barranca de Amanalco Park, one of the most visited parks in the Morelos state capital.

The injured fell from a height of approximately two meters onto the stones and water of the river crossing.

Early reports indicated that while at least 20 people were injured in the accident, none were seriously harmed.

The suspension bridge broke just when the mayor and his entourage were making the tour and delivering the official reopening messages.

Apparently the accident was caused when one of the people on the bridge began jumping.

Morelos Governor Cuauhtémoc Blanco expressed his condolences for the accident and wished the injured a quick recovery.



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