Part of Rio Carnival float collapses, injuring 11

The top of a float collapsed during Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival parade early Tuesday, injuring at least 11 people, officials said.

The incident involved the second float of the popular samba school Unidos da Tijuca, themed around the Carnival in New Orleans. Revelers cried on the pavement and in the stands as injured people were removed by rescuers.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

Rio state health secretary said in a statement that among the 11 injured at the city’s Sambadrome, nine were taken to local hospitals. Health officials also said eight people sought medical attention due to stress.

Rio City hall said two people were in serious condition. One suffered a head trauma, according to one doctor.

The parade had to be stopped for almost 25 minutes so the injured could get medical attention. The show was allowed to proceed.

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