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Carnival float crashes in Rio, injuring at least 8 people

  • Firefighters carry an injured person on a stretcher during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A float at the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade on Sunday crashed injuring several people according to policemen at the scene. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Firefighters carry an injured person on a stretcher during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A float at the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade on Sunday crashed injuring several people according to policemen at the scene. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters carry an injured person on a stretcher during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A float at the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade on Sunday crashed injuring several people according to policemen at the scene. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Firefighters carry an injured person on a stretcher during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A float at the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade on Sunday crashed injuring several people according to policemen at the scene. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman watches the rescue work by firefighters during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, after a float at the parade crashed injuring several people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    A woman watches the rescue work by firefighters during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, after a float at the parade crashed injuring several people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Rio de Janeiro say a float in a Carnival parade has crashed and injured eight people, including at least one in serious condition.

The incident Sunday 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 and revelers.

The pavement of the Sambadrome is wet because of a persistent drizzle. Rain can make the big floats harder to guide.