A parade marking the 117th anniversary of Brazil’s second military dictatorship took a sharp turn when the stage collapsed, sending several people into the Rio de Janeiro River. There are reports of multiple injuries, and 30 bodies have been recovered so far. Witnesses said the collapse occurred as the parade participants were running to the finish line, and there appears to have been an apparent malfunction in the stands. “A flat spot appeared, and then a truck came, and in a second, the stage fell,” one witness told Globo. “There were dead bodies.”
Officials have not yet confirmed reports of a derailment in the area, and while they said there were no fatalities in the crowd, there has been no evidence to suggest that anyone was in the tunnel beneath the street that collapsed.
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