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Brazil: 3 electrocuted when Carnival float hits line

February 17, 2015

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.