Brazil: 3 electrocuted when Carnival float hits line
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Officials in Brazil say at least three people have been electrocuted while standing atop a Carnival float that hit a power line.
The Light power company says the float hit one of its lines in a hardscrabble city on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
The company confirms three people died in the accident. Firefighters say at least one other person was taken to a hospital and three others were aided on the scene. None appear to have life-threatening injuries.
The accident happened early Tuesday when a float carrying speakers for a street party brushed against the power line in the city of Nova Iguacu.
A similar accident took place early Tuesday in Haiti, where at least 20 people were killed when a Carnival float hit an electric line.