RIO DE JANEIRO — A float crashed during Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival parade Sunday evening and injured eight people, including at least one person reported in serious condition, but organizers proceeded with the show.
The incident involved the last float of the first samba school parading through Rio’s Sambadrome. The float of samba school Paraiso de Tuiuti crashed into a fence that separates the stands from the pavement, injuring spectators, revelers and journalists. One reporter had an exposed fracture.
Police began an investigation as soon as the float finished its transit through the Sambadrome. Police investigator William Lourenco Bezerra said the three conductors of the float would be questioned Monday morning, adding that one driver already had been identified as the main focus of the investigation.
“The last float went into reverse and ended up pressing revelers against the fence on one side. That caused chaos. Then the conductors made a quick maneuver to the opposite direction and injured more people,” Bezerra said. “The main conductor of the float mixed with the rest of the samba school and left. But he has already been identified and will be investigated.”
The pavement of the Sambadrome was wet because of a persistent drizzle. Rain can make the big floats harder to guide.