The mayor of the Mexican city of Cuernavaca was proudly inaugurating a footbridge over a scenic stream on Tuesday when the bridge 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.
Local officials, including city council members, fell about 10ft (3 meters) on to rocks and boulders in the stream bed.
The crush of officials and journalists on the bridge during the inauguration may have exceeded its planned capacity.